Monroe County teen lands role as an extra in 'The Hunger Games'

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Hunter Clark is a sophomore at Bedford High School in Temperance. He says acting is his dream. He's been a part of his high school's productions, but has never been on the big screen.. until now!

"The experience was amazing! I can't even explain how thankful I am," says Hunter.

Last May, he was in school when he got a call and was told he had to go home. He thought he was in trouble, but that call was actually about the opportunity of a lifetime.

"My mom tells me you got cast in a movie called The Hunger Games. I'm like, what's "The Hunger Games"?

Hunter was chosen to be an extra in the movie that's based on the best selling book. "The Hunger Games" has become a worldwide phenomenon. Hunter went to North Carolina to film his role.

"It was almost 105 degrees a couple days. We kinda had on Great Depression clothes," says Hunter.

Hunter got autographs from the big stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. He just saw the movie at midnight for the first time.

Hunter appears in "The Reaping Scene" and says he's on screen for about  5 to 10 seconds.

Hunter says it's his grandmother Rose Mary McLean who gave him a shot at this cool gig. She was living in North Carolina at the time and saw an advertisement for the movie auditions.

"I knew it could be a big opportunity for him," says McLean.

She applied for Hunter and sent in his picture. She didn't tell him because she didn't want to get his hopes up.

"Words can't express how I can thank her. She knows how much i love her!" says Hunter.

He made about $400 for this job and what a first job it was!

"I can't wait to tell my kids and grandkids I was in that movie," says Hunter.

So what's next for him? Hunter is already very involved in his high school productions. He's also going to be part of "Les Miserables" at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian this summer.

He'll also be performing with the high school's Soiree Singers at Disneyland and on a cruise ship in the Bahamas.

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