|Night shoot at the "Solana"|
I caught up with them in the garage underneath the pink house which is the resting area when they are not being used in a scene. They have all had great fun - infact they were all in series 4 last year they tell me. Most are from Benidorm but one lady comes in all the way from Teulada ! Another couple, Ann & Steve Whitiker are professional extras having appeared in the UK in soaps such as Brookside and Hollyoaks. This year alot of the extras were Spanish and didn't have a clue who any of the cast were unlike the ex-pat extras.
Its a very long day, 12 hour days infact and they certainly don't do it for the money ... they get paid 45.80€ per day which works out at only 3.81€ per HOUR. I don't think that there can be a minimum wage here looking at those figures! They do get fed well though they told me - cooked breakfast, bocadillo at 10ish and a proper cooked lunch.
|Todays extra's on set.|
As one shoot finishes perhaps the rumour of a "Benidorm The Movie" may materialise... it is said that filming will commence next year with a host of "A-list" stars in cameo appearances, with the release date of 2013. Look out for the audition dates for more extra's !