Independence Day

Wikepedia describes the hangar at the former Hughes Aircraft company facility on Jefferson Blvd in Playa Del Rey as follows:

The ‘Spruce Goose,’ officially known as the “Hughes H-4 Hercules”, was built and stored here. A full-time crew of 300 workers, all sworn to secrecy, maintained the plane in flying condition in a climate-controlled hangar at Hughes Airport. The crew was reduced to 50 workers in 1962, and then disbanded after Hughes’ death in 1976. By the mid-1990s, the former Hughes Aircraft hangars here, including the one that held the Hercules, were converted into sound stages. Scenes from movies such as “Titanic (1997 film)”, “What Women Want”, and”End of Days” have been filmed in the 315,000-square-foot aircraft hangar where Hughes created the flying boat. The hangar will be preserved as a structure eligible for listing in the “National Register of Historic Places”.  

I was booked in this hangar for 21 days on Independence Day.   I played 3 different roles;

A technician in the area 51 lab.  We were fondly called marshmallows by the crew.  As you can see in the movie we were dressed in bulky pure white uniforms that covered our heads to our toes to represent a clinically clean environment.  

A high ranking officer in the White House as you can see for a split second or two in the clip below.  

And in the crowd jamming the elevator which was filmed in front of a green screen.    

You can only recognize me in that brief second in the White House corridor.   Of course I’m very prominent in my marshmallow uniform…. so just pick one and imagine it’s me if you plan to see the movie.  🙂  In addition when the president enters the hangar that houses the alien mini spaceship, I’m in the cockpit on the right hand side and if you look closely you’ll see two hands moving around in the window… that’s me, another extra’s hands on the left side.  

This set was one of the most spectacular in my career.  The Hughes hanger was incredibly huge… more amazing a second hanger was actually built inside the Hughes hangar for the scenes with the mini alien ship.  Complete with simulated metal braces holding up an imitation ceiling and walls.   And so was the lab leading to the hangar…. absolutely immaculate in details with hundreds of make believe instruments on the work benches.

Here’s the officer’s uniform I wore in the scene below:



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