Movie extras hit red carpet to celebrate ‘After Earth’
by Steve Kadel
staff writer
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Tanyon Griffith walks the red carpet during a celebration for the Moab opening of the film “After Earth.” Many local children and adults were hired to be extras when scenes for the movie were filmed near Moab in April 2012. Photos by Steve Kadel
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It was a night for Moab’s beautiful people to take their bows.

They stepped out of a limousine – actually a Ford Explorer – and sashayed down a red carpet runway to the applause of fans behind restraining ropes.

The celebrities were local residents who had brief scenes in the recently released movie “After Earth,” some of which was shot here last summer. One of the local movie extras, Jeff Richards, said most footage of Moab residents hit the cutting room floor, although a few children are recognizable in the film’s final version released last week.

The cuts didn’t stop the red carpet celebration at Slickrock Cinemas on Friday, May 31. There were men and boys in tuxedos and suits and women and girls in glamorous evening gowns, along with glasses of punch for toasting the event.

“Who are you wearing?” someone called out as Beth Logan walked the red carpet, giving her best movie star impersonation.

Alex Lacy, 12, wearing sunglasses and with microphone in hand, interviewed the stars as they exited the Explorer. Was he worried about his evening in the spotlight?

“Let’s just say ‘very,’” he admitted.

Logan and her husband, Mark Griffith, conceived the ceremony and advertised it on Facebook.

“Beth and I thought it would be fun since the movie’s starting and some kids in town are in it,” Griffith said. “There was a lot of filming in canyons and cliffs on [state Route] 279 past the potash mill.”

Local media played the role of paparazzi, snapping photos of those taking their moment on the red carpet.

Then it was time for lights out as everyone attended Moab’s first screening of the science fiction action drama starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden.

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