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Suzanne Wilcox is a busy woman. Not only does she own Mesa Elite Fitness in Los Alamos, she makes time to do stand-in work for movies filming in New Mexico.
Wilcox has done stand-in and extra work for many films and shows in the past, but now is playing an actual character in “50 to 1,” the story of the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner, Mine That Bird. Wilcox plays Jill Baffert, wife of horse trainer Bob Baffert, who is played by Bruce Wayne Eckelman.
Although, she is only in about eight scenes and speaks to no lines, she was honored to be chosen for the part. “You can hear me screaming in one of the race scenes,” she said.
She said the cast and crew made her feel really special. “They welcomed me as one of their own.”
Wilcox was on the cusp of opening the fitness studio, when she auditioned for the part in Albuquerque, which was set up by her agent Elizabeth Gabel. “I was barely leaving Albuquerque after the audition, when they called me back for a second reading. Jim (director, Jim Wilson) wanted me for the part,” she said. “The opportunity came at the right time.”
Most of the scenes were filmed in Albuquerque, with the exception of two weeks in Louisville, Ky. — home of Churchill Downs. Wilcox worked on the film a total of three weeks.
Wilcox recently attended the Red Carpet premiere in Albuquerque with her family. “It was a fabulous turnout,” she said.
A stand-in is one who replaces the actor to set up the scene to test the lighting and other technical details, so the actor doesn’t have to. Some of Wilcox’s stand-in and body-double work on television includes “Breaking Bad,” “Georgia O’Keeffe” and “Scoundrels.” Her movie work include “The Eye,” “Swing Vote,” “Beer For My Horses” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
Other New Mexico actors featured in “50 to 1” are Bernardo P. Saracino, who plays trainer Saeed Bin Suroor and Stewart Richardson, who plays owner Sheik Maktoum. Also in the cast were New Mexico actors Jessie Badami and Judith Jones, who play Doc Blach’s family members.
Wilcox lives in Los Alamos with her husband John. They have four children.
To view the trailer, visit youtube.com/watch?v=HwV9KljqsFU. To see Wilcox Internet Movie Database profile, visit imdb.com/name/nm2861520/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t47.
A tour bus with some of the cast and crew, including Wilson and co-writer Faith Conroy were in Santa Fe on Friday for a Meet and Greet at Regal Cinema, the first day the movies hit the theaters. Fans and moviegoers stood in line to receive a signed poster from cast members.
Christian Kane, Madelyn Deutch, Todd Lowe were in attendance. When asked if they had to do anything special for their roles, Lowe stated he had to learn to ride a motorcycle. He plays the role of Kelly. Deutch said her role as Mine That Bird’s practice rider did not require any training since she has been riding horses since she was a child. Kane, who plays Mark Allen, spent a lot of time with the real Allen before shooting the film. “He told me the entire story from A to B,” Kane said.