Small things sometimes worth the biggest price

By Kevin Wilson

It was Sunday night when my cell phone went off, and the caller ID read “Sarah.”
And that was when I talked to my friend, the movie star.
OK, I’ll admit it — I’m stretching the truth a little bit here. But this is a longtime friend I’m talking about, and I think I’ll be able to convince you she’s a movie star by the end of this column.
Now let me fill you in a little on Sarah. I was introduced to her by a mutual friend about eight years ago, but it took us a while before we became friends ourselves.
She ended up going to Truman State University, where she majored in theater. We’ve kept in touch through the years, from her high school days in Spokane, Wash., to her college days in Missouri, to her short time at a theater in North Carolina and back to Spokane, where she lives now. Distance has always been a part of our friendship, and I don’t need to tell you it makes a friendship harder for many reasons. For instance, I’ve never seen my friend act.
It seems I’ll have that chance now, and it won’t cost me more than about $10. She’s worked a few days as a movie extra in Spokane, where they’re filming for “Mozart and the Whale.”
The movie, according to its description at the Internet Movie Database ( stars Josh Hartnett in “a love story between two savants with Asperger’s syndrome, a kind of autism, whose disabilities sabotage their budding relationship.”
That’s all great, but I wanted to know where I could see Sarah in the film. She said she spent a few hours last week riding a Ferris wheel for a scene at an amusement park, and she has walked in the background of other scenes.
“Look for the blur,” she said with a laugh I wish I could hear more in person. Unfortunately, she doesn’t recall her wardrobe on the particular shooting days, so I don’t even know what color of blur I should be watching for.
So she’ll be a blur, a blur with a color that I don’t know. But the blur is my sole motivation for seeing this movie. And isn’t that what a movie star is — one who gives you motivation to go see a movie? I rest my case.
Sarah’s not one to make a big deal about being an extra, let alone acknowledge the movie star status I’ve anointed her with — she’d rather talk about what she’s doing with her church group, or how I’m doing, or just talk about old times.
I hold out some hope that if and when this movie comes out, I’ll get a chance to see a blur, then give her a call and laugh because I know neither of us will pay any attention to the movie itself.
A blur and a laugh might not seem like a lot, but the smallest things mean the most when they bring you a little closer to someone you love. They’re worth the price of admission any day.

Kevin Wilson is managing editor for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact him at 356-4483 or by e-mail: