BOISE -- Wednesday, Idahoans who appeared as extras in the film Bronco Billy got together to remember the movie, and meeting Clint Eastwood. The 1980 movie was filmed across the Treasure Valley and featured locals, like Danny Jensen, as the extras.
When 'Bronco Billy' showed up in town, I was a disc jockey working at a radio station, called KGEM, playing country western music, said Jensen. They sent out a notice to all the disc jockeys and air personalities in town asking us if we wanted to be in the movie.
Jensen played a TV news reporter, but he is no stranger to the silver screen. He said he has been an extra in five movies, but fondly remembers his time working on Bronco Billy. Jensen said the locals made a bit of cash, but mostly just enjoyed the experience.
It was great, it was great fun, he said. Course if you'da blinked, you'da missed me, but that's the way it goes when you're an extra, half of you ends up on the cutting room floor.
Bronco Billy was shot across the Treasure Valley, from Boise to Ontario, Oregon. It showcases some recognizable spots like the Boise Depot, the old Ada County courthouse, the Ranch Club, the Big Pine, and the Hungry Onion.
Sandy Kershner wrote a book about the film, and organized the get-together on Wednesday.
I love the movie, it's got some beautiful scenery in it, absolutely gorgeous scenery, said Kershner. They did an outstanding job of getting a lot of the extras, the local people's, close ups.
Kershner said what really inspired her to write the book, was hearing all the memories from those who got a chance at their 15 minutes of fame. The thing many remember the most, she said, is how kindly Clint Eastwood treated them.
I sat right across from him at lunch, and we got to chatting having a good discussion, and he's quite a nice guy, really was, and a good director of course and actor of course, said Jensen.
Kershner said there were more than 1,500 locals cast in Bronco Billy. She is hoping to find more of them for a second book she's writing about the movie. Her first book, On the Trail of Bronco Billy, is available online and the proceeds go to the Canyon County Historical Society.
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