Extras celebrate role in locally-shot ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’


    JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “A Smile as Big as the Moon” debuted on WWAY Sunday night. The family film was shot in Wilmington and many of its extras are from Jacksonville. Family and friends rolled out the red carpet for their special night on Sunday.

    From the network to Jacksonville Country Club, these special extras enjoyed their night in the spotlight.

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    “It was good,” says Brandon Rhodes, an extra for the movie. “I was kind of excited and I’m really happy I can be in a movie.”

    Proud parents were on hand for the festivities.

    “Oh this is amazing because, I mean, when you have a special needs child that’s born you have no idea what they’re future is going to bring them,” says Jeanette Martinez, an extra’s mother. “Jessica has reached for the stars and tonight she is a star. What more could a mom ask for?”

    It was a night that these special extras will not soon forget. For many, they hope it will not be their last acting job.

    “It’s a great night, being here with my mom and dad,” said extra Jessica Martinez.

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