by Curt Holman
It's always fun to see Atlanta stage actors on the big screen, no matter how big the part or the movie. The Mist (reviewed here) features a pair of familiar faces in roles that, while being far from the leads, have more meat than the usual walk-on appearance. Although The Mist takes place in Maine, director Frank Darabont filmed it in Shreveport, La., which could explain the local color.
Brandon O'Dell has a particularly substantial appearance in the film's besieged supermarket. With most small film roles, an actor is lucky to get named at all, but O'Dell's character has a full name -- Bobby Eagleton -- and some character details. Bobby Eagleton's brother is injured during one of the film's otherworldly attacks, which instigates one of the The Mist's best set pieces: an expedition, with all the risks of, say, mountaineering or guerilla warfare, across the mist-enshrouded parking lot to a deserted but infested pharmacy. O'Dell gets to interact with some of the creepy special effects and suffers from a violent mishap (which isn't as grisly as some in the film). On stage, O'Dell has performed in Aurora Theatre's Camelot and Horizon Theare's The Water Coolers: An Office Musical, and he's one of the areas most reliable comedic and musical performers. (Probably my favorite O'Dell performance was his funny/scary turn in The Caretaker at Theatre in the Square.) Someone should cast him as the lead in something soon.