"Buster Scruggs" extras begin Hollywood experience in the Panhandle

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - At the start of the month, hundreds turned out for a chance to be selected to be part of a major film production in the Panhandle. Wednesday, those picked to be an extra started their journey to the screen.

Production staff for the Coen Brother's "Ballad of Buster Scruggs" returned to Scottsbluff to talk with those selected to be a part of the production. Local residents who will be a part of the movie were being fitted for period clothing, and given tips on how to make their hair and skin look the part for the story set along the Oregon Trail.

Nathan Craig says the open casting call that ran four hours at the Midwest Theatre Aug. 1 was exhausting, but he was glad he did it. Craig says he was asleep on the couch when he got the call, (shaking his head) "Yeah, I’m still in shock, I don’t know what to think until it actually happens and then next year or whenever it comes out I get to watch it, it will blow my mind I’m pretty sure.”

Film production is expected to start in early September and run for three weeks on a closed set at a location north of Scottsbluff. Once completed, it will be one of six Western vignettes set in the 1800’s. "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" will air over Netflix.