“Amazing Spider-Man 2” extra says production is a web of frustration

Posted at: 05/05/2013 11:25 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

An extra for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" movie says Hollywood isn't all it's cut out to be.

After only two days of filming, the woman never returned to the set.

Spider-Man crews were back at it Sunday after taking the day off Saturday. Crowds continued to gather along Main Street, hoping to get a glimpse of the movie.

But a former extra is telling News10NBC a little about what we are not seeing on that set.

As soon as the announcement came that the movie was coming here to Rochester, News10NBC got so many calls and emails about how to become an extra. So it was pretty shocking when an extra told us she quit one of the hottest gigs in town.

Many of the onlookers Sunday would have loved to be an extra in the “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

“I' m hoping that maybe the camera will show us in like a little scene. I little goof in the movie,” said Spider-Man fanatic Christopher Golden.

Janice Cartegena was one of the lucky ones who was picked to be a part of the big movie.

“I was actually thrilled. Something like that has never happened here in Rochester, so I thought it would be something pretty cool,” said Cartegena.

But according to her, being an extra isn't as "amazing" as it seems.

“If we wanted to use the bathroom, we weren't allowed to. From getting yelled at, cursed at, to getting in my face. That's when I said, I just can't,” said Cartegena.

Cartegena says a day of shooting lasted for more than 13 hours. She says the extras spent the majority of the day on their feet, parched and hungry.

“I just thought that as an extra at least we would be given water or at least something to eat to get through the day,” she said.

Cartegena says she brought the issue to the production company.

“I said listen, I've had nothing to drink. My feet are killing me. They are burning. You don't want to let us use the bathroom. You don't want us to have anything to drink because it's for the crew, not for us,” she said.

But by then, Cartegena had had enough. After two days of filming, she called it quits.

She says the set caused her a web of frustration.

“I feel that I had a really bad experience being an extra. So at this point, I don't think I would ever want to be in anything like that again ever,” said Cartegena.

News10NBC did try to reach out to the production company and have not heard back from them yet, but Cartegena did share emails with us from the production company.

In the emails the production company said the set is environmentally friendly and there was water available, just not in bottles. They also did apologize to Cartegena by saying, “I'm sorry about your horrible experience. Production is not for everybody.”

Cartegena was supposed to get paid $125 for 13 hours and then it would go into overtime pay. But after all of this, Cartegena says she just wants to put it all behind her. In their email, the production company said she would get paid in about two weeks.