Extras: Season 1, Episode 1

Ben Stiller (25 Sep. 2005)

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Andy and Maggie are both extras in a serious genocide movie being shot by Ben Stiller in England, however Andy isn't satisfied with his minuscule part, and so goes to the genocide witness Goran to try and get him a bigger part.

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Boris Boscovic ...
Goran (as Boris Boskovic)
Steve Jackson ...
Jon
Shaun Pye ...
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Liza Sadovy ...
Jackie Greer
Jay Villiers ...
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Jo Wyatt ...
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Andy and Maggie are both extras in a serious genocide movie being shot by Ben Stiller in England, however Andy isn't satisfied with his minuscule part, and so goes to the genocide witness Goran to try and get him a bigger part.

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The scene where Ben Stiller tells an extra how to beat up an old lady with the butt of a gun was completely ad libbed. See more »

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Near the end of the episode, when Andy is complaining about receiving the journalist part with fewer lines, he is given the part of Journalist 2, comments about how much more Journalist 1 has and asks Goran to make him Journalist 2, not 1. See more »

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Andy Millman: [Embarrassed at his unintentional racist comments] I am sorry, I don't want to sound like a racist. But I don't happen to know the intricate difference between Chinese & Japanese.
Maggie Jacobs: They teach something in the school, don't they?
Andy Millman: [Realizing what she's about to say] No, don't!
Maggie Jacobs: [Ignoring, and twisting her eyes, touching her knees and breasts in order] Chinese, Japanese, Dirty Knees... What are these?
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References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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Tea For The Tillerman
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Written by Cat Stevens
Performed by Cat Stevens
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Ben Stiller is a serious liability.
16 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise for this series presents a challenge for its writers: using a different brand name actor in each episode among a more constant ensemble. The problem is well illustrated by watching just the first two episodes as presented on US release of DVD, Kate Winslet and Ben Stiller. Kate Winslet is a fabulous actor is both the star and a member of the entire team. She is funny and supports the others. I laughed a lot.

On the other hand, Ben Stiller is a serious liability in his episode. He simply does not have the acting ability to do this well. He is not funny and the show grinds to a halt whenever he has centre stage.

The contrast between these two episodes was so great that I went back through the credits to see if they had used different writers. No, it's all down to acting ability, or lack thereof.


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