Houston Actress On Working With Mike Judge, Jason Bateman & Mila Kunis
If you were at the Edwards Grand Palace Stadium for the 7:05 p.m. Friday showing of Mike Judge's new film Extract, you were probably wondering about all the inappropriate applause at the beginning of the show.
The usher with the airplane light couldn't figure it out either.
Only Lidia Porto and her special guests had the answer.
Porto, a professional actress that calls Houston home, plays the role of Gabriella, one of the main factory yokels.
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"We were going to clap each time she was on screen, but when she appeared three times in the first ten minutes of the film, we realized her character wasn't just a bit part," said Bryan Parras, one of the fans at the not-so-private screening.
This is Porto's second appearance in a Mike Judge film.
"I had already done a small part in Idiocracy, so Mike Judge asked for me to audition for Gabriella," Porto said.
(In case you're wondering, she played the female reporter in Idiocracy.)
Watching the film you can't help but make the connections to Houston, Austin and Texas in general, but Extract was filmed at a water-bottling plant in Los Angeles.
Porto spent two weeks last October hanging around the set with actors Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis (That 70's Show), and workers from the bottling company.
And she had nothing bad to say about anyone. "A lot of those people you see are actual employees. They were great, and I loved them. Every second with Beth Grant felt like a blessing to me, she is the nicest, wisest, most generous actress and person, and she is a total pro. Oh, and when Mila's friend thought I was the living end because I had been on Prison Break and it was her favorite show...that was cool, " Porto says.
Jason Bateman, she says, was the nicest guy in the world. So nice, that he bought the entire crew personalized Reynold's Extract work shirts as seen in the film. She didn't get to talk to him much because when he wasn't acting, he was tracking the Dodgers in their failed bid to make the World Series.
But Bateman had a lot of fun too. "Whenever he wasn't on camera, Jason [Bateman] would curse up a storm, to get reactions out of us, and just to crack us up."
She also had a lot of good things to say about Mike Judge. Judge seems to think highly of his actors and crew too, since he brought some of them back to work on this film.
Trivia question: Can you guess which character Judge plays in Extract? If you can't guess, then maybe you can ask Porto yourself. She and another set of fans will be at the theater again Wednesday afternoon for the 4:30 p.m. showing for more inappropriate clapping.
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