..I've been having to sit on this story for some time, since last year in fact, but I just got the go ahead to post this.
Last year I was contacted by Warner Brothers regarding the Jonah Hex film. They were having a press junket and after doing some research on the internet, found that I was the highest rated Jonah Hex fan blog out there. Well, cut to the chase, they flew me out to New Orleans and I got to not only visit the set, but I got to meet Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, and Jimmy Hayward, along with other cast and the producers.
During the evening Jimmy was talking about a few of his favorite Jonah Hex stories and sadly, he got a few stories mixed up and a couple of facts wrong. I gently and politely corrected his mistakes (Jonah's mother wasn't killed by the Apaches, Jonah DID kill Stonewall Jackson, Jonah was engaged prior to marrying Mei Ling.) and he asks how I know all this. I explained that I ran a blog about Jonah and he exclaimed, "Holy Crap! (he didn't say crap) You're the blogger!?!? We've been reading your stuff for weeks!"
Jimmy then leans over to one of his producers, whispers something, the producer nods, flags down a few folks, they nod and then Jimmy smiles at me and asks, "How would you like to be in the film?"
I couldn't believe it. Of course, I said yes and I was wisked away to wardrobe & makeup and about 45 minutes later I was ready. I figured that I would just be in a crowd scene but then Jimmy walks up and explains the scene.
"Okay, Turnbull is hiding in the barn and Jonah figures he's got the son of a bitch cornered and slowly goes in for the kill. What he doesn't know is that you've been waiting in the bushes outside as a lookout. You follow Josh in the barn and sneak up behind him with a knife. Suddenly Josh spins around and kills you. Sound good?"
Sounded great to me! Filming at night is tricky and without my glasses I stumbled over a bush trying to be sneaky, but we finally got to the part where Josh was going to kill me. I figured I'd get shot or something. Hell no! Just as I sneak up on Josh, he spins around, raises a tomahawk over his head and almost buries it in my skull!
We went through it a few more times to get everything right and then they took me over to a photography trailer where they took several photos of me and did a computer scan on my face. This was so they could construct a model of my head to use to show the tomahawk in my skull.
So on June 18th, just remember, the guy that Jonah Hex murders with the tomahawk while in the barn is yours truly.