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Lancaster native enjoyed playing small role in independent feature film 'Nailed'

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By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster native has landed a role in an independent movie filmed largely in Columbia.

The Rev. Stanley Truesdale, who now lives in Columbia, has a role in the movie "Nailed," which stars Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The political satire is about a woman who gets a nail lodged in her head and travels to Washington, D.C., to fight for better health care. While there, she falls in love with a congressman (Gyllenhaal) who advocates for her cause.

Truesdale has a small role that casts him as a lawmaker discussing legislation with a fellow congressman. He said he was on the set for 15 hours for three days he was there – June 6 through 8.

Filming for the movie began in April and wrapped up in Columbia in June.

"I'm still a little excited about it," said Truesdale, who was urged by a friend to audition for the part. "It's a good opportunity for me because I never though I'd get a chance to meet any kind of stars."

Velma Anderson, the friend who told Truesdale about the auditions, tried out for one of the small roles as a church choir member. Anderson said she didn't get selected.

"I was excited but disappointed because I was singing my best," she said.

Truesdale, who pastors at a church is Columbia, said he was grateful for the opportunity and wouldn't mind trying out for more roles in the future.

"I really did enjoy myself," Truesdale said.

Kristin Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, co-wrote the "Nailed" screenplay, along with the film's director, David O. Russell.

Other stars include Tracy Morgan and Paul Reubens.

Morgan is an actor and comedian who starred on "Saturday Night Live" for several years and Reubens played Peewee Herman in the 1980s.

Biel appeared in movies such as the remake of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and starred in the hit TV series "7th Heaven."

Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in "Brokeback Mountain." Some other films he's appeared in are "Donnie Darko" and "The Day After Tomorrow."

When, or even if, "Nailed" might premiere isn't clear.

Published reports have suggested the film backers, Capitol Films, got enough financing to finish the shoot, but perhaps not enough to pay for post-production work.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152