By late afternoon, Carr and about 100 extras had sidled over to an aisle where David was filming a scene with Hamm, Hudson, McBride, and Ryan. David appeared aloof and occasionally practiced his lines aloud. He wore a denim shirt over a striped, buttoned-down shirt and T-shirt, brown slacks, and tan work boots. When a fan tried to engage him in a conversation, he took notice and addressed a small group of people.
“You volunteered? Oh, my God!” he said, breaking into a smile. “I had no idea. Does that mean I have to meet every one of you?”
The volunteers laughed and seemed satisfied that they had been noticed. Meanwhile, in the next few hours, David did more than a dozen takes, occasionally going off the script and ad-libbing, as he is known to do in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” This seemed to please the volunteer extras, who gauged the filming and applauded when they deemed that a scene had been successful.
During one of the last scenes, Kati Enscoe walked into the theater as the cameras rolled and took a seat a few rows behind David, Hudson, and Hamm. Enscoe, who lost her full-time marketing job in September, said working a few days as a paid extra occurred at the right time. The Marblehead native has little acting experience but hopes to do more extra work, which pays around $150 a day.
Enscoe said part of the perk of being a paid extra is schmoozing with the stars. “Larry David is just hilarious. He was super cool during the filming and telling us that we did a great job, and he gave us feedback,” she said. She also stood next to Hudson for a couple of hours one day. “I said, ‘I like your jacket,’ and she said, ‘I like your boots.’ ”
Carr, who was given a beer bottle (filled with water) that he pretended to drink during the filming, briefly met David and Hamm following the final scene. After some small talk, he followed an exit sign and was descending a wide stairway when he heard voices behind him. When he turned around, he saw that it was David, Hudson, and Hamm discussing Japanese food. Carr kept on walking, content that he had done something different that day.
“It was fulfilling and kind of surreal,” he said. “I never felt overwhelmed or intimidated. I felt like they were regular people, just like me.”