BY MELANIE BUCK –
Three Mena residents got the opportunity of a lifetime when they were called to be cast in the fourth installment of the popular Jurassic Park movie series, Jurassic World, set to be released in June 2015.
Floyd Knight, who is pursuing an acting career, was initially cast to be an extra in the movie that is being filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was four. I went to college on a theater scholarship, I went to the Hollywood Film Institute,” said Knight. He added, “It’s something I’ve been chasing for a while.” Knight has always been a fan of the Jurassic Park movies and had been keeping track of when and where the new film would be made.
When casting agents realized he was driving so far, they asked if he could bring some friends to be extras as well. He incorporated his sister Linda Marschall, a stay at home mom, and their niece Katie Lance, a bank teller at First National Bank who also models in Dallas.
Being no strangers to TV, the trio quickly jumped at the chance to work on set. The three come from a family of pro-wrestlers who had their own show, SWA (Southwest Wrestling Alliance), in the early and mid 1990’s. Knight and Marschall both wrestled in their younger years and grew up around families such as the Von Erich family who are some of the most well known wrestlers of the past.
Jurassic World is being directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars actors Chris Pratt and Judy Greer. Not much is being given away about the plot of the movie other than the official opening of Jurassic Park to the public. Knight was able to share with The Pulse what scene the three shot but said he’s not sure whether that needs to be published, no spoilers. However, they all said it was a lot of fun and none can wait to go back for another film.
“The crew was excellent and the cast was fun to work with. I’ve never had so much fun in my life,” stated Knight. Lance said, “It’s neat to see in the end how it all comes together from something so small.” Marschall added, “It was awesome! Really cool to be there to see how it works, and the experience. Very enlightening! I can’t wait to go back and do it again.”
Knight and Lance have already received the call for that opportunity. Both are set to begin filming on August 9 in Shreveport for CMT’s ‘My Big Redneck Family.’