Jay & Silent Bob Reboot: Legion M In The Big Easy!
One of Legion M’s favorite sayings is that we want to “open the gates to Hollywood.” With transparency into our development slate and availability of premiere tickets, we feel like we’re just getting started on this mission.
We’re so excited to be investors in the new Kevin Smith film Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. We even had the opportunity to give away two set visits in New Orleans to two lucky Legion M investors and their guests in March.
Congratulations to Richard Scott from Philadelphia who is a round four investor and his fiancé Rebecca, and to Martin Scruggs from Houston who is also a round four investor. These lucky folks won our not-so-scientific drawing and joined us for an amazing day in New Orleans!
Because the film was shooting nights, we had the morning free to meet up and get to know each other. Legion M’s Head of International and Events Clare Bateman-King flew in from London, and I (Terri Lubaroff, COO and Head of Content) flew in from LA to host our guests. We met up for a delicious New Orleans style brunch at the Ruby Slipper Café. We became fast friends over oatmeal, eggs and bacon.
We learned that Richard, who works at a nursing home and was a huge fan of MANDY, is getting married later this year to his beautiful fiancé Rebecca. We also learned that Martin is a COO and entrepreneur, working on revolutionizing efficiency in the operating room. We have an amazing group of people in our Legion!
After lunch, we walked to the Hilton Hotel, which was where the filming of JSB was happening for the week. We asked Richard, Martin and Rebecca to hang out in the hotel bar while we waited for the cast and crew to arrive to set. In the meantime, Clare and Terri were running around trying to confirm a special surprise – that they were going to be extras in the film! Here’s the video of us telling them the news:
Arriving on the set of any film is like arriving inside a busy, but very organized airport terminal. We entered the extras’ check-in area and were immediately sent to wardrobe, hair and makeup! Clare and I were wearing Legion M swag and were very pleasantly surprised to meet other Legion M members who had been hired to be extras in the film, including Jesus Maldonado, DJ Gove, and Stacie. The Legion is vast!
We entered the huge set where our guests got to watch Kevin Smith at work as director and actor. It was MAGIC. Our eyes popped! Richard, Martin and Rebecca couldn’t believe the massive sets and all of the coordination between hundreds of cast, crew and extras. When it was time for our close-ups, our guests were directed by Kevin Smith himself!
It was so exciting and overwhelming. Hours of work later, we broke for lunch at 9 p.m. – yes you read that right – lunch was at 9 p.m. – ahhh, the glamour of filmmaking, especially for night shoots.
After lunch, we went back to the set to watch more filming. Around 11 p.m., our guests had had a long day and were hoping to get some rest. We asked the film’s assistant director if they could be released or if they were going to be needed again. After checking with crew, the AD confirmed we could release our guests. With sad goodbyes, hugs and promises to keep in touch, we bid them safe travels until next time.
Opening this particular gate to Hollywood was a ton of fun. We can’t wait to do it again!