Former deputy plays cop in ‘Sleepy Hollow’

  • Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 1:06 a.m.
David Bost, an attorney and former sheriff's deputy, played a cop in 'Sleepy Hollow.' Photo by Emily Ford
David Bost, an attorney and former sheriff's deputy, played a cop in 'Sleepy Hollow.' Photo by Emily Ford

SALISBURY — A Salisbury lawyer put his skills as a former Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy to work last week as a cop in “Sleepy Hollow.”

David Bost, 30, heard 20th Century Fox needed black and silver vehicles for the TV pilot, which was filmed in downtown Salisbury. The owner of a black truck, Bost applied and provided the required make and model of his car, a headshot and his clothing sizes.


But an hour before Bost and his truck reported for duty Monday night, he got a call from casting. One of the extras who was supposed to play a cop couldn’t come, and Bost had the same measurements.

Suddenly, Bost was pulling on a cop costume, complete with holster and fake gun. He worked about 20 hours over two nights, making $10 an hour.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I love movies.”

The best part was “seeing how this comes together, the nuts and bolts of it.”

Between 150 and 200 people worked on the set, which included small explosives, gunfire, fog and stunt activity.

Bost met stars Tom Mison, who plays Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane, and Nicole Beharie, the modern-day sheriff who needs Crane’s help to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by a battle between good and evil. Crane and his nemesis the Headless Horseman are time travelers in the supernatural thriller.

Bost also met director Len Wiseman, known for directing “Total Recall” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”

Initially, Bost spent most of his time inside the parish hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, drinking coffee and listening to more experienced extras tell stories about working on “Homeland” and “Banshee,” TV shows also shot in the Charlotte area.

Finally, at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bost was called for his first scene.

He and another cop confronted Ichabod Crane as he entered the mock graveyard at St. Luke’s.

“He’s walking into the graveyard, looking around, and at that point we are supposed to keep him from coming up to the grave,” Bost said.

While his gun and radio were fake, Bost had a real flashlight, which he was directed to shine in Crane’s face. He had no lines, and his gun remained holstered.

“They were clear, ‘Do not pull your gun,’ ” Bost laughed.

The scene lasted less than a minute, but filming took hours.

“They must’ve filmed it 15 different times from different angles,” he said.

Mison made a point to say hello to the extras in the scene and shake their hands.

Filming ended at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, and Bost had been awake for 24 hours. He grabbed a nap before reporting at the set again Tuesday night, where crews filmed the graveyard scene, as well as Bost and another extra walking down the stairs behind the Rowan Museum.

If “Sleepy Hollow” gets picked up as a series on Fox, film crews will return to Salisbury this summer. But Bost, who passed the bar a year ago, said he doubts his schedule would allow him to play an extra for weeks on end.

His two-day gig as an extra satisfied his curiosity about TV and movie production.

“I’m really hoping they air the pilot,” he said.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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