SARANAC LAKE - When a movie being shot this fall in and around Tupper Lake is released to a worldwide audience, people from all over will see the acting skills of a pair of local twins.
Kean and Kasey Riley, who together own Twin Crystal Rock Shop on Broadway in Saranac Lake, were cast in a brief scene in the movie that features mostly professional actors from New York City.
"Recreator" will be the first feature-length fiction film by NYC producer, director and writer Gregory Orr, who used to specialize in documentaries and was nominated for an Emmy for his study on his step-grandfather Jack L. Warner, one of the Warner Brothers. Orr and his crew have been shooting since the end of September or the beginning of October at various places in Tupper Lake and at the Lake Clear beach.
Kasey Riley, left, and Kean Riley, in the driver’s seat, pose in their father’s 1974 pickup truck, which they used when acting in a scene in “Recreator,” the film being shot this fall by a New York City-based film company in and around Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
The cast and crew looked forward to shooting the Rileys' scene because it represents a moment of levity in what is otherwise a suspense thriller, the twins said.
In the movie, three young people on a canoe trip trigger a mad scientist's experiment that creates clones of them, who decide they want to trap the three and take over their lives. When the twenty-somethings realize the clones' intentions, one of them runs to get help.
Enter Kasey and Kean, a pair of identical twins driving a beat-up old truck. The young man runs up to the truck for help, sees the twins and thinks they are clones rather than natural doubles.
"So obviously he doesn't ask for our assistance," Kean said.
A speaking line and a close-up shot were to be divvied up between the two men. Kasey, being the older twin by five minutes, said he let Kean have the speaking line, which gave him the close-up.
Kean said he only flubbed his line, "Hey dude, where you headed?" on one take. (He said "heading" instead of "headed.")
Both Kean and Kasey said they were fascinated watching the process of the movie being made.
"We were able to watch them film a scene," Kean said. "I had just read it, and now we were watching it being filmed for the first time."
The scene will take maybe 15 seconds in the movie, but to shoot it, the crew broke it up into a number of different shots. One shot was the truck driving up, one was the young man running out of the woods, and another was the reaction of the twins. Kasey said he was struck by just how much thought has to go into every scene.
Everyone who worked on the movie had a very specific role, from one person winding and unwinding cables to another whose job it was to keep snacks ready for the cast and crew at all times.
"They all seemed to work well together," Kasey said. "It was like a well-oiled machine."
They were each allowed to bring one person with them, so Kasey brought his 19-year-old daughter and Kean brought their mother.
When he told his daughter he was going to be in a movie, Kasey said she laughed, but then she got excited about it.
"She thought it was very cool," Kasey said.
The twins were cast in the movie because of one of the boys who regularly visits their rock shop. Joey Monaco's family runs Charlie's Inn in Lake Clear, which producers used as a staging area when they were filming at the beach there. They were asking around whether anyone knew twins between the ages of 45 and 60, since the scene was brief and not worth bringing in actors from out of the area, and Monaco told the producers about the Rileys.
The producers considered about five other sets of twins and decided on the Rileys after looking at photos of them and meeting Kean at the rock shop.
When Kean and Kasey told their father, Howard Riley, that they might be cast, he suggested that they might be able to use his 1974 Ford truck, which Kasey described as "puke yellow." Kean told his father that he was sure the movie people already had a truck, but when Orr talked with them, he asked if they knew where he could find one.
So the twins are driving their father's puke-yellow, rust-speckled pickup in the movie.
Both Kean and Kasey said being in the movie was something they will never forget, and they are anxious to see it when it comes out in a year or two.
"I wouldn't trade the experience for anything," Kean said. "As nervous as we were, I suppose, it was very fun."
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