Actor

Gig_Schmidt, Clapper and Directors Chair, Black Suit, February 21, 2015 Gig Schmidt, Overlooking photo shoot with lights, February 21, 2015

Above Photos: February 21, 2015

Gig always thought he would like to enter the acting industry and was fortunate to realize that dream when he was a background actor on various TV shows and movies such as the reality TV show Hell’s Kitchen season 15 (2015), the TV show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (2015) and the feature films Jason Bourne (2016) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015), Think Like A Man Too (2014), Last Vegas (2013), The Hangover Part III (2013), Behind the Candelabra The Liberace Story (2013) and Rocky Balboa (2006).

As of January 13, 2015 Gig is eligible to join The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). In addition to the benefit of an increase in pay, another benefit of joining SAG-AFTRA would be that Gig would then be able to vote for the winners of the Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which is aired on national television.

And ever since December 2005, Gig is also qualified to join IMDB.com and list his acting credits here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5262998/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1  and here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7980513/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1, where they already have him listed. But Gig has not made the decision to join SAG-AFTRA or IMDB yet.

Gig is very grateful to have become part of the acting industry and knows how fortunate he is, especially when it is estimated that every year 127,000 men and women move to New York and Los Angeles with the intention of becoming professional actors. And to date, Gig has never taken a single acting class. If he ever writes a book, he says he will include behind the scenes details about his observations and experiences in the industry.

Acting experience consists of:

Ray Donovan (2016)

2 Television Shows as an Interviewee (not a hired actor)

Showtime Championship Boxing (1996)

Fox 5 More TV Show (2010)

4 Commercials

The Cards Club (2010) The entire Voice-Over and two On-Screen Appearances

World Series of Poker WSOP.com (2015)

The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino (2015) 2 commercials filmed on the same day

3 Promotional Videos

Motivational Video (2016)

Baccarat Add-On Game (2015)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 189 Pay Per View (PPV) Promotional Video (2015)

1 Tour Guide/Actor

Bugsy’s Tour (2009)

2 Radio Shows

1 Three Hour On-Air Radio Talk Show Host KSHP 1400-AM (2008)

1 Radio Interview. Gig and his business partner did a live radio interview about a business they owned and operated in Las Vegas in 2002. (not a hired actor)

1 Tourist Improvisation Street Performance Winner (not a hired actor)

Disney World (2000)

Audience Member for many Live and Taped Shows  These are not paid roles in the traditional sense. Gig received free tickets/admission to the shows with instructions on participation/involvement.

Audience membership includes television pilots and television shows such as American Idol (2013), which was filmed in the The Cirque Du Soleil The Beatles Love Theater at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on February 27, 2013.

Gig has been on-set and filmed with many actors and notables such as the following: Year listed is the date Gig was actually on set with the actor or notable, not the date of the release of the project- followed by the name of the project.

Sylvester Stallone (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Frank Stallone (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Geraldine Hughes (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Mike Tyson (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Antonio Tarver (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Michael Buffer (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Joe Cortez (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Larry Merchant (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Jim Lampley (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Max Kellerman (2005- Rocky Balboa)

Michael Douglas (2012- Behind The Candelabra, and 2012- Last Vegas)

Matt Damon (2012- Behind The Candelabra, and 2016- Jason Bourne)

Dan Aykroyd (2012- Behind The Candelabra)

Tom Papa (2012- Behind The Candelabra)

Bradley Cooper (2012- The Hangover Part III and 2015- War Dogs originally titled Arms and the Dudes)

Ed Helms (2012- The Hangover Part III)

Zach Galifianakis (2012- The Hangover Part III)

Robert De Niro (2012- Last Vegas)

Morgan Freeman (2012- Last Vegas)

Kevin Kline (2012- Last Vegas)

Stefan Kendal Gordy aka RedFoo of LMFAO (Motown founder Berry Gordy’s son) (2012- Last Vegas)

Kevin Hart  (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Adam Brody (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Michael Ealy (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Jerry Ferrara (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Terrence Jenkins (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Romany Malco (2012- Last Vegas, and 2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Gary Owen (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

David Walton (2013- Think Like A Man Too)

Kevin James (2014- Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman (2014- Hell’s Kitchen)

Sean McAllister (2014- Hell’s Kitchen)

Michael Shannon (2014- Frank and Lola)

Titus Welliver (2014- Bosch)

Jordan Klepper (2015- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)

Nicolas Cage (2015- The Trust)

Elijah Wood (2015- The Trust)

Miles Teller (2015- War Dogs originally titled Arms and the Dudes)

Conor McGregor (2015- UFC 189 Aldo vs McGregor Pay Per View (PPV) Promotional Video)

Jonathan Joss (2016- Ray Donovan)

Ted Levine (2016- Ray Donovan)

Gordon Ramsay (2016- MasterChef)

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Gig Schmidt on the International Movie Database website, also known as IMDB 

Gig is also listed here Gig Schmidt

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Gig was too busy to submit for the movie The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, which filmed in Las Vegas November 10 and 11, 2015.

Gig was also booked to film in the new television show The Player starring Wesley Snipes, but Gig had to cancel, 2014 or 2015.

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Music Video Shoot. A theatrical TED Talks with orchestra, choir and rock band
Gig’s Role: Audience member

Filming Date: Monday, January 11, 2016

Filming Location: Cashman Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada

Casting: Baskow and Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada

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- Stratosphere

The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino Commercial

Gig’s Role: Hotel casino guest and bar patron. Gig filmed two commercial scenes at this shoot.

Filming Date: Monday December 14, 2015 Midnight to 9:45 am Tuesday December 15, 2015

Filming Location: The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Casting: Baskow and Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada

Miscellaneous Notes: Gig filmed two commercials at this shoot. For the first of two scenes that Gig filmed in, Gig was paired with Connie “Breeze” (stage name).  They started off the scene by walking in front of the main actor.  Connie is an entertainment personality, event host and DJ, currently hosting the afternoon drive time slot 2 pm – 7 pm Monday through Friday on 105.7 FM in Las Vegas, Nevada. Connie was also inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.

For Gig’s second scene at the bar, Gig was paired with Dr. Olivia Rhee, who is an acupuncturist with a passion for singing and performing. Olivia has written and performed her own one-woman musical show in New York City, San Diego and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland which is the host of the largest arts festival in the world. Gig and Olivia were also coincidentally seated beside one another for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) television commercial shoot.

This was another shoot where the background actors were suppose to mime conversations with one another, but Gig and his pairing actually quietly spoke with one another for hours. After one of the takes, the director went over to Gig and Olivia and asked Gig not to be so demonstrative with his miming hand gestures. The director said that they could be clearly seen on screen behind the main actors and were even spotlighted due to the lights that were behind Gig and Olivia. However, Gig was never miming but actually reacting to his live conversation with Olivia. The director’s direction frightened Olivia so much that she almost became motionless in future takes, and Gig just became more mindful of his gestures and decreased his animation.

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World Series of Poker (WSOP) WSOP.com Auction Television Commercial

Gig Schmidt actor, WSOP TV Commercial, October 18, 2018 

Gig’s Role: Auction attendee

Casting: Baskow and Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada

Filming Location: The Palma Ballroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
Filming Date: Sunday October 18, 2015
First Aired:  During the World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament final table on ESPN and ESPN2 on November 8, 9 and 10, 2015  

Miscellaneous Notes: Gig was originally seated on the aisle directly behind the lead actor where the Asian male is now. The director asked Gig to go to wardrobe to get a jacket and when he returned the Asian male was sitting in his seat. They decided to keep him there probably for many reasons, one of which is that he paired better based on looks with the younger Asian female he was sitting beside. Gig went to sit in the back of the room while they filmed the “turn around”, the view from the rear. Gig was not seen in any of those scenes. The Asian male was also one of about a half a dozen hotel casino employees that were hired for the shoot. Another may have been the male seated in the front row who is seen bidding on the auction.

When they started filming from the front, the production decided to switch Gig with another male where you see Gig in the commercial. The male he replaced took Gig’s seat in the rear and was not seen in the final commercial. Gig was moved up to his current seat probably because he was better paired with the attractive well dressed blond female that was seated to Gig’s left. Although she was never seen in the final edits. Seated to Gig’s right was Dr. Olivia Rhee. They never spoke during this shoot but finally did meet when they were paired in a later filming of a Stratosphere Hotel Casino commercial. When they met on the Stratosphere commercial they did not even realize they were seated together on this shoot until Gig finally realized it and asked if they sat together on this World Series of Poker (WSOP) shoot.

This was another shoot that did hair and make-up and Gig too had make-up done before going to set. While on set, production did make-up touch-ups. Gig was provided on-set with a sports jacket from wardrobe.
Gig’s filming portion started at approximately 9 am and ended a little after 5 pm with a lunch break. Gig’s call time (the time an actor is scheduled to arrive) was 7 am.
Actors were given instructions not to release any details about the shoot, especially on social media, until after the commercial was released. The commercial was released on YouTube on November 5, 2015 and first aired on ESPN television on November 8, 9 and 10, 2015.
Miscellaneous WSOP Notes:
World Series of Poker 2015 final table player coincidences with Gig:
Out of nine final table players Gig had an indirect connection with seven. One graduated from Gig’s college American University and currently lives in Las Vegas as does Gig. One lived in Marlton, New Jersey, the exact town Gig lived in before moving to Las Vegas. Another was also from southern New Jersey. One was from Brooklyn, New York which is right up the highway from where Gig grew up and had relatives living there. Two were over 50 years of age. And the winner was from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which Gig is too, but a suburb across the bridge in New Jersey.

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Gig Schmidt in the feature film Pass-Thru, Movie Poster, 2016

Pass Thru

http://www.pass-thru-film.com/

Gig’s Featured Role: Greg? Gig thinks he may have been assigned the name Greg for this movie role. He played an Immigrant and an Armed Drug Payoff Leader
Filming Location: Eldorado Canyon Gold Mine Tours, 16880 State Highway 165, Nelson, Nevada 89046
Filming Date: Thursday June 11, 2015, Tuesday June 16, 2015 and Tuesday July 14, 2015
Status: Movie released April 19, 2016

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Gig Schmidt background actor for UFC 189 PPV Video Promo

Ultimate Fighting Championship 189 Aldo vs McGregor Pay Per View (PPV)  Promomotional Video March, 22, 2015

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UFC Featherweight Title Fight (145 pounds) between the Champion (C) Jose Aldo “Junior” and #3 Conor McGregor “The Notorious” scheduled at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 11, 2015

Silver State Production Services out of Las Vegas called Gig directly on March 18, 2015 to ask him if he was available and interested in booking for a UFC promotional video on Sunday March 22, 2015.
The first part of Gig’s shoot was for Jose Aldo – Brazilian fans indoors at Las Vegas Production Studios
For the second part of the shoot Gig and some others were sent outside to Las Vegas Boulevard in front of the Mirage Hotel and Casino to be Conor McGregor – Ireland fans.
UFC 189 PPV Aldo vs McGregor Promo Video, Blue Screen, March 22, 2015
Photo taken by Joe Tussing, Conor McGregor’s body double at Las Vegas Production Services filming McGregor fans. Gig is not in the above photo but watched Joe take the photo. Indoors, using the blue screen, Gig filmed as a Jose Aldo fan.
Gig Schmidt, UFC 189 Aldo vs McGregor PPV Video Shoot, March 22, 2015
Photo taken by Joe Tussing (Connor McGregor’s body double) on the bus to our second shoot location on Las Vegas Boulevard in front of The Mirage Hotel and Casino, March 22, 2015. Gig is on the left side, second row, second person from the left.
Conor McGregor and Gig Schmidt, UFC 189 Promo Video, March 23, 2015
Photo with Gig Schmidt and Conor McGregor taken at the end of the shoot outside of The Mirage Hotel and Casino at around 1:15 am Monday March 23, 2015
Casting: Silver State Production Services, Las Vegas, Nevada
Shoot Locations: Las Vegas Production Studios and Las Vegas Boulevard
Miscellaneous Notes: Gig asked the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), through the casting company, if he could receive a ticket to the UFC 189 fight card instead of being paid for his participation in shooting the promotional video, but they declined. Gig later learned that six of the nine price ranges for tickets sold out three months prior to the fights. Gig was aware that during the fight weekend the UFC is having their annual UFC Expo which brings thousands of fans from all over the world.  Many people purchase tickets for events the same weekend and even the same day. This fight card will probably be one of the highest grossing gates in UFC history.
Airing: Portions of the promotional video first aired May 23, 2015 on UFC 187 PPV

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War Dogs movie poster image

War Dogs

Gig was hired at Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) rates earning his 4th union voucher. Three union vouchers qualifies one to join SAG. Gig was on-set, but was not used for the filming at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino on March 18, 2015. He was one of four actors hired to play a Casino Pit Boss but only two were used and when the selection was made Gig was not on-set while the other three were.

Gig’s Role: Casino Pit Boss named Jackson

Casting: David Anthony Casting, Las Vegas, Nevada

Status: Movie released August 19, 2016

Miscellaneous Notes: This movie was originally titled Arms and the Dudes and had a name change after filming.
Gig had a wardrobe fitting on March 16, 2015 and on the morning of filming he went through hair and make-up but it was decided that he did not need anything done. This was his second scheduled hair and make-up session with his first for the movie Behind the Candelabra – The Liberace Story. March 18, 2015 was the first day of only a two day shoot in Las Vegas for this movie. The scheduled call time (time of arrival) was 5:30 am. After checking in the actors filled out their voucher form for payment and then proceeded to get dressed. Once their attire was approved they were sent to hair and make-up and then to breakfast which was the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino employee dining room. The actors were then sent to a holding area before being called to set. The set location for this part of the shoot was the actual table gaming floor of Caesars Palace.

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Elvis and The Colonel “Reality” TV Show
Gig filmed a sizzle reel February 27, 2015 in Las Vegas for the scheduled “Reality” TV show, Elvis and The Colonel. A sizzle reel is a video used to pitch a TV Pilot to executives. In this particular case, it was the step before the TV show pilot where the network expressed interest in the project and asked the production company to film the sizzle reel.
Executive Producers: Martin Luther King III, Steve Radosh and Gary Bernstein
Production Company: MLK Media
Gig’s Role: Himself with a legal issue (unscripted)
Casting: Tina Seiler out of Colorado representing MLK Media

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Gig Schmidt in The Trust, January 26, 2016

The Trust

Gig’s Role: Diner Patron filmed with Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood on the movie’s very first day of the scheduled five week shoot. Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge in Las Vegas, NV on January 26, 2015

Casting: Goldman and Associates Casting, Las Vegas, Nevada

Status: Movie released May 13, 2016

Miscellaneous Notes: On-set Gig met another background actress who goes by the name “Zee” because of the unusual spelling and pronunciation of her Iranian name. She played Gig’s diner date. She is a full-time real estate agent working for her brother’s Luxury Las Vegas real estate brokerage which caters to celebrities. She shared with Gig that her brother was in negotiations to launch a reality television show about their real estate office. “Zee” asked Gig to submit as an actor for the show but Gig declined saying he is no longer a licensed real estate agent. “Zee” also shared with Gig that the producers of the show said they wanted to cast young, attractive, female real estate agents, and wanted drama. She also shared with Gig that her office was handling the purchase or lease of a home for   , but this was privy information since her Las Vegas residency had not yet been made public. Gig is now able to publicly release this information.
While on-set Gig encouraged “Zee” to introduce herself to    since her brother was the realtor that handled one of his properties. She eventually did go introduce herself.
 

On-set of the World Series of Poker commercial shoot, Mike Kelly, a fellow actor whom Gig first met on the filming of the feature film Pass-Thru, informed Gig that Cage now works out at the same gym as Gig but at a location that Gig no longer goes to.

If Gig writes a book he may include details about his encounter with Nicolas Cage outside of Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge in between filming, and his observation of Elijah Wood before filming began.

Gig might also include details about when and possibly why Gig and Zee, his on screen diner companion, were removed from a scene.

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Gig Schmidt background actor on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 20 Episode 63 February 11, 2015

Gig’s Role: Gentlemen’s Club Patron filmed at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, NV on January 13, 2015

Casting: Red Models and Talent Agency, Las Vegas, Nevada

Gig received his 3rd union voucher from this shoot which makes him eligible to join The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)

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- Baccarat

Baccarat Add-On Game Sales Promotional Video

Gig’s Role: Baccarat Gambler

Casting: Darryl A. Armstrong (also one of the directors and an actor in the video to the far left wearing glasses)

Filming Location: Gambler’s General Store, Las Vegas, Nevada

Filming Date: January 8, 2015

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Still images of Gig Schmidt from the Baccarat Add-On Game Sales Promotional Video Shoot, January 8, 2015

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Gig Schmidt background actor in Any Body Can Dance 2

Any Body Can Dance 2

Gig’s Role: Airport Traveler

Filming Location: An Airport terminal in Las Vegas, Nevada

Filming Date: December 16, 2014

Movie Genre: Musical produced by Disney-UTV

Plot Summary: The story traces the journey of an Indian dance troupe, a motley assortment of boys and girls who come from the backstreet’s of a Mumbai suburb; their rise to fame, sudden downfall and then their heroic attempt to seek vindication by regaining their lost glory and pride. ABCD 2 is a grand 3D Dance Film which travels to the vibrant city of Las Vegas and is a bittersweet journey of love, friendship, betrayal, honor and redemption.

Casting: Wildstreak, Las Vegas, Nevada

Status: Movie released in India in the language of Hindi, June 26, 2015. Gig was seen on screen from 1:07:29 to 1:07:35

Miscellaneous Notes: Gig’s shoot at the airport was a full day, with a lunch break, which did not end until late night. The scene with security asking the travelers to remove their shoes was shot at a different time, and probably on a different day. Gig’s day long shoot resulted in the scene of the group of travelers leaving the airport which was approximately 8 seconds long plus the subsequent scene outside of the airport curbside which was another couple of seconds. The director filmed many other scenes which did not make the final movie edit. Gig estimates there were approximately 50-100 background/extra actors hired for the day with only a few actors seen in the final 2 scenes that made it into the movie. At the end of the day, the background/extra actors were paid in cash.

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Gig Schmidt, background actor in the movie Any Body Can Dance 2, December 16, 2014

Still images of Gig Schmidt doing a “cross over” from the movie, filmed at an airport terminal in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 16, 2014. Gig decided on his own to do a cross over and when production saw what he did they thought it was a good decision and directed him to continue to do it and provided input on timing.

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Gig Schmidt background actor on Bosch

Bosch

Season 1 Episode 6 Released on Amazon Prime Instant Video on February 13, 2015

Gig’s Role: Casino Bar Patron filmed at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 12, 2014

TV Series: Drama / Mystery

Casting: Bill Dance CastingNorth Hollywood, California

Miscellaneous Notes: On-set Gig met and filmed with Lanette Fugit, a SAG actress that read for the role of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the TV show Modern Family, which is one of Gig’s all-time favorite TV shows. The role eventually went to Sofia Vergara who became the highest paid female actress on television. During Gig’s filming on Bosch, Gig and this actress were suppose to be miming their conversation but actually quietly conversed with one another during the entire shoot. Gig was also on-set with Lanette on the filming of the movie War Dogs.

Gig met another SAG/AFTRA background actor on-set who drove up from Los Angeles for his two or three days of his filming for viagra en pharmacie this television show.  Apparently, many actors drive up from Los Angeles for shoots on well known SAG/AFTRA projects.

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Frank-Lola

Frank & Lola

Gig’s Role: Originally booked as a Chef but then changed to a Gambler. However, Gig was not used on set for this role so he was still considered a fresh face and was asked back for another role but declined because the call time (the time to report to the holding area) was 1 AM in the morning and he just finished a 10 hour work day on the set of the Disney film Any Body Can Dance 2. Filming for the gambler scene was in a bar area at The El Cortez Hotel and Casino, Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada on December 3, 2014

Movie Genre: Thriller

Casting: Goldman and Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada

Status: Movie is scheduled to be released December 6, 2016

Miscellaneous Notes: On-set Gig met , a fellow background actor who was a professional singer and musician from France.  They also filmed together on set of the movie  with  and 

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Gig Schmidt background actor on Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

Season 15 Episode 1 “18 Chefs Compete”

Aired January 15, 2016

http://www.fox.com/hellskitchen/

Gig was booked by Spectrum Entertainment out of Los Angeles, California as a background actor and an unofficial stand-in for the new chef contestants. He filmed with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Sean McAllister, the Executive Producer and a co-host of FOX5’s highly popular Las Vegas lifestyle and entertainment news programs, MORE and MORE Access.  

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7, 2014

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- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Hell's Kitchen shoot, Caesars Palace, Oct 7, 2014

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV, October 7, 2014

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman business card poker chip, Caesars Palace, Oct 7, 2014 (front)Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman business card poker chip, Caesars Palace, Oct 7, 2014 (back)
Las Vegas Mayor Goodman provided Gig with her business card which is a poker chip. On October 24, 2011 Mayor Carolyn Goodman met with visiting President Obama and presented him with this lucky Mayor poker chip as a gift.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7, 2014
Gig Schmidt, Vegas Mayor, Hell's Kitchen, Caesers Palace, Oct 7, 2014
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman standing on stage in the forefront, Gig Schmidt center back under the balloons.
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Gig Schmidt, Vegas Welcomes Hells Kitchen, Caesars Palace, Oct 7, 2014

Las Vegas Welcomes Hell’s Kitchen motor parade, Gig is to the right under the balloons

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7, 2014

Gig Schmidt Hells Kitchen shoot, Caesars Palace, Oct 7, 2014

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman top center, Gig Schmidt far right 3rd row, and some other background actors.

At this filming Mayor Carolyn Goodman said that Gig looked familiar to her. But Gig does not think they ever met before and is pretty sure she was never present when Gig met with her husband, the preceding Las Vegas Mayor to her rein, Oscar Goodman.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7, 2014
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Sean McAllister and Gig Schmidt

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Gig Schmidt background actor in Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Gig’s Role: Audience member for the Le Reve show filming at The Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 21 and 22, 2014.

Movie Genre: Comedy

Plot Summary: The sequel follows James’ Paul Blart who attends a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas with his daughter. Despite being teased by casino security and other attendees, Blart takes on a group of dangerous art thieves.

Casting: Goldman & Associates Casting which is probably the largest and oldest casting agency in Las Vegas

Status: Movie released April 17, 2015

Miscellaneous Notes: This was the first movie ever filmed in the Wynn Resort.  The billionaire casino magnate owner, Steve Wynn, granted permission for the first time for the shoot at this hotel casino under the condition that the movie showed Las Vegas in a family friendly manner.

Filming of the Le Reve show segment took place over 2 full overtime days, 14 hours on May 21, 2014, 6:30 am – 8:30 pm and 17 hours on May 22, 2014, 6:30 am – 11:30 pm. Hundreds of background actors were used and some were paid SAG/AFTRA rates. Upper body dummies were also used to fill in the theater seats. In the final movie version, approximately 3 minutes were used and about a dozen background extras were seen.

Side Note: Casino owner Steve Wynn had a business meeting with Gig’s father at his father’s Indian Reservation in New Jersey in the 1980’s or early 1990’s with the goal of securing casino gambling on the tribe’s reservation land.

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Gig Schmidt background actor in Think Like A Man Too

Think Like A Man Too

Gig was called by Central Casting from Los Angeles, California to play the role of Officer James, the Clark County Detention Center (Las Vegas Jail) Guard.

On June 15, 2013 Gig was a “day player”, which is an actor hired at Screen Actors Guild (SAG) scale for the day and was featured in a non speaking role when he filmed for 15 hours with 8 of the main male characters in the movie, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco, Terrance Jenkins, Michael Ealy, Gary Owen, Jerry Ferrara, Adam Brody and David Walton. Gig was also selected on set to be a stand-in and received a “bump” in role and pay.

Gig earned his second union voucher for this day shoot. Three union vouchers qualifies one to join (SAG) the Screen Actors Guild.

Gig’s Role: Officer James the Clark County Detention Center (Las Vegas Jail) Guard

Movie Genre: Comedy, Romance

Plot Summary: All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Casting: Central Casting Los Angeles, California. The largest background actors casting company in the US.

Status: Movie released June 20, 2014

Miscellaneous Notes: Filming of the male jail scenes were shot in a single day over approximately 15 hours with 5-6 minutes appearing in the final movie edit.

The other two jail guards hired for this shoot were both SAG/AFTRA members.  And one, Paul X. Campanella, seen in this video clip shutting the jail door, was also an actor in the local Las Vegas show Tony and Tina’s Wedding.

If Gig writes a book he may include the direction and comments made to Gig by the Assistant Director (AD) about acting out a scene. He may also include details about how the principle actors in some scenes did not adhere to a script verbatim and appeared to be ad-libbing, especially by Kevin Hart. Gig might also include details about his interaction with, and the interaction between the main characters and cast.

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Still images of Gig Schmidt from the movie filmed at the North Las Vegas, Nevada Jail on June 15, 2013

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Gig Schmidt background actor in Last Vegas

Last Vegas

Gig filmed in the movie Last Vegas with Academy Award winners Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. And Redfoo (Stefan Gordy) of the music group LMFAO at The Aria Resort in Las Vegas on November 1, 2012.

Gig was booked to be a pool party stagehand by David Anthony himself of David Anthony Casting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gig’s Role: Swimming pool party stagehand

Movie Genre: Comedy

Plot Summary: Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Casting: David Anthony Casting Las Vegas, Nevada

Status: Movie released November 1, 2013

Miscellaneous Notes: If Gig writes a book he may include details about how the principle actors interacted with the background actors and even more remarkably with one another when the scenes cut.

To view a 45 second clip of the movie scene that Gig appeared in please click here or view above.

Gig Schmidt actor in the movie Last Vegas, November 1, 2012

Still image of Gig Schmidt extracted from the movie Last Vegas, Aria Resort pool, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 1, 2012

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Gig Schmidt background actor in The Hangover Part 3

The Hangover Part III

In October 2012 Gig was called directly and offered the part of a stand-in for the Warner Brothers movie The Hangover Part 3 but when the casting agency realized he was not a union member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), they could not offer him the part but still cast him as an extra/background actor.  Gig filmed with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 28 and 29, 2012 and was asked back for up to four additional night shoots from November 4-7, without the principal actors, but Gig declined. And on November 12 casting asked Gig again to shoot up to 3 additional nights from November 13-15, but again Gig declined.

Many actors submitted to be on this well known film, and many even drove in from Los Angeles to participate.

Gig’s Role: Caesars Palace valet pedestrian (Gig does not believe that his scene made the final movie edit)

Movie Genre: Comedy

Plot Summary: This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off

Casting: Central Casting Los Angeles, California. The largest background actors casting company in the US.

Status: Movie released May 24, 2013

Miscellaneous Notes: If Gig writes a book he may include details about how and why he held up the filming of one scene, and why he and his partner might have been removed from another scene. Gig may also include details about how the principle actors interacted with the background actors and even more remarkably with one another when the scenes cut.

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Gig Schmidt background actor in Behind The Candelabra

Behind The Candelabra The Liberace Story

On August 21, 2012 Gig believes that he was personally called by Rich King, of Rich King Casting based in Los Angeles, California, and was offered the acting role of the stagehand.

In August 2012 Gig shot 3 scenes at the LV Hotel, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, as Howard the stage crew manager with Academy Award winners Michael Douglas who played Liberace and Matt Damon who played Liberace’s partner Scott Thorson, and Dan Aykroyd who played Liberace’s manager in an HBO movie Behind the Candelabra The Liberace Story.  The movie also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds and Scott Bakula. Directed by Steven Soderbergh an Academy Award winning director best known for films Erin Brockovich, Traffic and the remake of Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. Written by Richard LaGravenese (screenplay). Produced by Jerry Weintraub.

On August 22, 2012 Gig was a day player, which is an extra actor hired at Screen Actors Guild (SAG) scale for the day, and was featured in a non speaking role when he played the second stage hand to rush to Liberace’s aid and called for assistance when Liberace collapsed after a Las Vegas stage performance. This was a 4 person scene with Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd and another extra who ironically is also originally from New Jersey and now resides in Las Vegas. Gig’s portion of this scene did not make the final movie edit but still earned him his first union voucher for this day shoot. Three union vouchers qualifies one to join (SAG) the Screen Actors Guild.

Gig shot 2 additional scenes on August 29 and 30, 2012 in a more traditional role as a background performer and one of the scenes Gig filmed did make the final movie edit. Gig was seen approximately 1 hour and 16 minutes after the start of the movie as the camera pans across the rear of the stage from Matt Damon to the dancers and then to Gig and another stagehand and then to Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd and another actor.

The movie acting role was the first time Gig was ever fitted for clothing and went through hair and make-up.

Gig’s Role: Howard the stagehand manager

Movie Genre: Biography, Drama

Plot Summary: Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6 year relationship between Liberace and his much younger lover Scott Thorson, is recounted.

Casting: Rich KingLos Angeles, California

Status: Movie released on HBO June 2013

Miscellaneous Notes: On-set Gig met Anna Wendt, an accomplished actress who was also booked as a stagehand. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, a graduate of Stella Adler Academy of Acting and later in 2003 became the Communications Chair for SAG/AFTRA Nevada and Editor of the SAG/AFTRA Nevada Star Newsletter. She is also an Associate Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador.

Gig credits Anna for assisting him with his local Las Vegas acting career by informing him about different Vegas acting agents that he could register with. She also provided Gig with details about how to submit as a background actor for the movie The Hangover Part III. And she was the one who first listed Gig and his acting credits on IMDB, before they were taken down, and IMDB informed Gig that he could have all of his acting credits relisted if he were a paid member.

To view a video clip of Gig in this movie please click here or view above.

Gig Schmidt actor in the movie Behind The Candelabra, November 29 or 30, 2012

Still image of Gig Schmidt extracted from the movie Behind The Candelabra, LVH, Las Vegas Nevada, November 29th or 30th, 2012

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The Cards Club aired TV commercial with Gig Schmidt voice over and 2 on screen appearances June 2010

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Raw footage- The making of Gig Schmidt’s video portion of his aired TV commercial with Laura Sposato KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada sports and weather anchor, KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada, June 2010

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TV commercial shoot with Laura Sposato, KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada, sports and weather anchor, KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada, June 2010

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Gig Schmidt, TV Commercial, News Desk, KPVM-TV Pahrump NV March 31, 2010

Gig Schmidt, TV Commercial, News Desk, Side, KPVM-TV Pahrump NV March 31, 2010

News desk, the day Gig did the first voice-over for his TV commercial

KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada, March 31, 2010

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Rick Vale, KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada Creative Director and News Anchor. Rick was the Engineer for Gig’s television commercial voice over and video edits. He was pleasantly surprised  that Gig was able to produce a perfect, professional audio voice over, that Gig also wrote, on his first take, within the allotted commercial time, especially without Rick’s input or advice.

KPVM-TV Pahrump, Nevada, March 31, 2010

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Gig Schmidt, Background Actor as a Boxing Spectator in the movie Rocky Balboa, 2006

Rocky Balboa

In December 2005 Gig was a paid extra actor, also known as a background performer, in the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa. During all of the fight scenes Gig sat in Rocky Balboa’s corner in the second row from the boxing ring, one seat away from the lead actress. He is briefly highlighted in a scene, less than one minute into the start of the movie where the fans are booing the results of another fight. The five day filming for those scenes were shot at The Mandalay Bay Events Center at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sylvester Stallone also personally selected Gig to lead off another scene but Gig does not believe that scene made the final movie edit.

To set up another scene, as the director, Stallone knelt in between Gig’s legs in the aisle and said to Gig (paraphrasing), “I’m not trying to get fresh with you or nothing kid”. Gig wrapped his arms around Stallone without touching to catch Stallone in case he stumbled and fell.

Gig’s Role: Boxing spectator

Movie Genre: Drama, Sport

Plot Summary: Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement to step into the ring for the last time and face the heavyweight champion Mason “The Line” Dixon.  Written, directed and starring Sylvester Stallone

Casting: Many different casting agencies booked the hundreds, if not thousands, of background actors in attendance, but Gig was a walk on. He learned about the filming from a television news broadcast that morning and decided to go over to watch after he worked out at the gym. He thought he might be able to at least see his father’s friend, professional boxing referee Joe Cortez who got his professional refereeing start being employed by Gig’s father in New Jersey when Atlantic City was the boxing capital of the world. Gig thought he might also see the Nevada State Athletic Commissioner or Chief Inspector (Gig’s father had the same position in New Jersey) all of whom Gig met previously. Gig watched the pre-filming activities from the upper level of the building while on his cell phone with his mother telling her who he was able to recognize in the ring that his mother also knew. The section that Gig was in was moved down to the ring and Gig ended up in the second row from the ring behind Rocky Balboa’s corner. Gig was asked to move away from the ring with some others because of the way they were dressed. Gig was dressed in work out gym clothes. Gig ignored the request to move and returned after a break in a suit which is how they wanted the ringside spectators dressed, and was then asked if he could stay and commit to filming all 5 days for movie continuity which he agreed to and was paid for his role.

Many Rocky fans flew in to Las Vegas to witness the making of this movie with dreams of also being in the movie in any capacity. Sitting beside Gig to his right was someone that flew in from Florida for this shoot which is the furthest one could travel in the US to attend. Gig then turned to his left and learned that this person was in Las Vegas specifically for the Rocky filming from Australia. This might have been the furthest anyone traveled in the world for this event.

Status: Movie released December 20, 2006

To view a clip from the movie click here or view above.

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Gig Schmidt in Movie Rocky Balboa, Mandalay Bay, Dec 2005

Gig Schmidt in Movie Rocky Balboa, Pointing, Mandalay Bay, Dec 2005

Still images of Gig Schmidt extracted from the movie Rocky Balboa

Mandalay Bay Events Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2005

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