Voorhees said in the last year, he has worked as an extra in about 40 metro Atlanta-filmed productions. It all started with a role in the Disney movie “Million Dollar Arm,” which premiered in theaters May 16 and is about a sports agent who recruits Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Voorhees was selected among the extras for a minor speaking role in a scene with lead actor Jon Hamm.
“I’m prepared to be an extra,” he recalled of his experience on the set. “I’m sitting in the waiting area, and this guy comes to me and [said], ‘You. Come with me.’ And I didn’t know who he was. It was the director [Craig Gillespie]. He said, ‘I want you to stand behind this door and deliver these lines for me.’”
Voorhees said at first he was practicing with a stand-in actor.
“Next thing, the door opens and it’s Jon Hamm,” he said. “I was so nervous, I jumped all over my lines the first time.”
After gathering his nerve, Voorhees said he ran lines with Hamm about 15 times before the director got what he needed.
“So I became a [Screen Actors Guild]-eligible actor and I got in the movie and the rest is history,” Voorhees said.
Phone and email messages to Gillespie’s office seeking comment were not returned at press time.
Voorhees found his way into the movie business writing scripts 10 years ago. He said one of his scripts, a crime drama called “Dixie Mafia,” was considered by CBS for a series last summer but it was not picked up. Voorhees said a development executive from the network suggested he get some set experience, which led him to work ing as an extra.
“When I go on set to do extra work, I’m not just there to get a paycheck,” he said. “I’m there learning.”
Voorhees said his role in “Million Dollar Arm” has led to more career opportunities. He said he is close to getting a deal for one of his scripts, though he is not able to discuss the details publically.
While having a thriving career in Los Angeles is his ultimate goal, Voorhees said being in Atlanta has proven productive for him.
“Being in Atlanta’s not so bad if you have to be not in L.A.,” he said. “I’m just happy that I’m in a place where I can try to make it happen.”