Who was Martin Grace?

First, get a look at me at the age of 32! This photo was taken in the wardrobe tent for the movie, The Truman Show. For three months I was an extra, stand-in and double (for Laura Linney and Holland Taylor).

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So who was Martin Grace? He was Roger Moore’s (Bond, James Bond) stunt double. He was also a stuntman for The Truman Show. If you’ve seen the movie, he’s the real driver when Truman, played by Jim Carrey, is driving around in the gazebo in circles. I was the car stunt double for Laura Linney who played Truman’s wife.

I felt safe with Martin driving, though when we stopped, we all looked at the tires and there were HUGE gouges in the tires. We nearly had a blow out! Martin was super kind, a real gentleman, and told me stories about working on the Bond movies. I hate to say it, but I was not, and have never been, a Bond fan. Still, it was like a fairytale to work with him that day.

The Truman Show had two stunt doubles for Jim Carrey. His other one was Pat Banta, who looks nothing like him in this picture. But, on set, he looked a lot like Jim Carrey. When we drove through the wall of smoke (in the movie Truman is trying to escape), we were blind, nothing but a wall of white. He could not see to drive.  A walkie-talkie person was telling him how to drive and how fast. He kept saying FU&*, FU&*, FU&*! We made it safely though the smoke, but I was wobbly legged when I got out of the car. Incidentally, earlier, I had first rode with Pat in the front seat while director Peter Weir and Emmy Award winning cinematographer Peter Biziou sat in the back seat deciding how to shoot that scene!!! So COOL!

See the photo of Jim Carrey and Peter Weir discussing a scene? Jim Carry was very attractive in person, he has a great smile & looks you in the eye when he says “hello”. I blushed EVERY time! Still, he has such a flat butt – LOL!

This movie filmed December 1996-February 1997 in Seaside, FL. This was before cellphones with cameras. We had strict rules about cameras and I followed them. That means I have very few images. Here are a few favorites.

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Hanging with the extras at the tent. I made many wonderful friends!

When I was Laura Linney’s double, I got a trailer dressing room. It was small, but darn it, it was MINE for the day and my name was on the door! I am wearing the same outfit Laura wore for her character in this photo. I have a painful bun attached and I’m baring my high forehead, which I’ve always been self-conscious of. I think I was teased  when I was little and never got over it.

My mother-in-law Gayle Newman cared for Lily during this time as I was gone for long hours, and even did all-night filming. Lily was 6 at the time. Here they are visiting the set on a quiet day.

One of the call sheets I saved and some other memorabilia including a script. I have all my pay check copies too! I mean, I was being paid by Paramount Studios. It was all a dream come true, even if it was only for a brief time.

You may be thinking, if you watch the movie will you see me? I was what is called a “Featured Extra”. Most of my scenes did NOT make the final film. But, I am in the background many times, walk right by Truman in another scene, and have close-ups of my hands (but you all think it’s Laura’s hands). I was disappointed about not being more visible in the movie, but I was all over behind the scenes and met the most marvelous people. Peter Weir called me by my first name in his charming Australian accent!

One final bit: Here’s a photo taken around 5am in the extra tent.

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My hair is pulled up in curlers win the back. Our days were LONG, but we were well fed. I also forgot to mention I was a stand-in. The director used me in place of the actress to set and block the scenes. I hung out with a lot of the crew and watched the actors shoot many of their scenes. I saw Jim Carrey throw a terrible tantrum one day – OH MY! He finally got the scene right when he was done with his hissy fit.

So, it was 100% a grand experience in every way and I am filled to brim with ARTitude over every minute of it!!!

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