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Organic Farmer From Bridgeville Catches ‘Acting Bug’ in Promised Land

Troy Bogdan of Bridgeville says he caught the “acting bug” after a back injury sidelined him from working on his Crawford County organic farm last April. He played an extra in the new movie "Promised Land" that hits theaters Friday.

Troy Bogdan, an organic farmer living in Bridgeville, says he caught the “acting bug” after a back injury sidelined him from working on his Crawford County farm last year.

An audition for a role as an extra last May has snowballed into a flurry of acting parts in several movies filming around western Pennsylvania, including the major production of “Promised Land,” which opened in theaters Friday morning.

“I’ve been a fan of movies all my life, but I never thought I would be working for them,” Bogdan said. “It’s a hobby and we’ll see where it goes. I don’t have any expectations of being a movie star, but maybe it can lead to part-time income to supplement the farm income. I’ll do it as long as I’m still having fun.”

The work started after Bogdan, while working at the 110-acre Crawford County organic farm he owns with his wife, Sharon, suffered a herniated disc in his back while carrying a beehive in late April. Unable to do any heavy lifting, Bogdan found a news article a month later about extras needed for a movie around Pittsburgh.

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He emailed his photo with some information and within three minutes was on the phone with the casting agent. Not long after, he was cast as a farmer in “Promised Land” and sitting in a makeup trailer with legendary actor Hal Holbrook, who called Bogdan’s unique beard “beautiful.”

“That first day I worked on ‘Promised Land,’ it was probably the best day I’ve had on movies ever since,” Bogdan said. “They treated me like a VIP. We got to do everyone with the crew.”

Moviegoers can expect to see him as one of two farmers waving in a field in one scene, and standing outside a town hall meeting in another. Of course, Bogdan said those parts could end up on the cutting room floor, so he’s anxious to see if his parts will be on the big screen.

The work on “Promised Land” has spun into at least seven other productions with more coming as he networks with the casts and crews. He’s also had various extra roles in the upcoming Channing Tatum movie known to the public as “Foxcatcher.”

There are other lesser known movies, student films and even a music video where Bogdan makes appearances.

With Bogdan’s physical rehabilitation now complete, he’s eyeing more acting roles while still keeping watch over his farm that produces organic garlic and honey.

“If I could do acting full-time, that could be interesting,” Bogdan said. “But I’m going to treat it as a hobby­–and no more than that–and keep doing it while meeting people. If I can make money on the side, that’s just extra.”

Troy Bogdan January 04, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Thanks very much! Nice Article! Troy Bogdan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5069310/
Mike Jones (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Can't wait to look for you in the movie! Keep us posted on other productions you're working on.
Scott Beveridge January 04, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I want to see this movie this weekend.
Mia Sun Manion January 04, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Great article Troy! Congrats! Looking forward to seeing Promised Land.
Maggie January 04, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Sweet!
Troy Bogdan January 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Thanks again Mike! The next project I am looking forward to seeing myself in is called "The Wind is Watching." If you haven't seen it yet, there is a nice little shot of me in the teaser trailer at 1:04 . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu2eYaDGuV0
Mike Jones (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Wow... You got a BIG cameo in that trailer! Congrats!
j January 04, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I really enjoyed reading this article. I'm excited to see these movies starring our local beautiful-bearded brother! On a side note - Does anyone know where one can purchase said organic garlic and honey?
Troy Bogdan January 04, 2013 at 05:26 PM
j, You can contact and learn more about our farm here . . . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pure-Earth-Organic-Farm-LLC/51760106987 Garlic is sold out for the season, but we still have honey available.
Roger January 04, 2013 at 06:52 PM
This movie is a well ordered document of fiction, attempting to discredit the MS industry. It is merely a follow-on to "Gasland," which was exposed to be a fraud. This movie undoubtedly will be no different. As I read the reviews, the attempt at portrayal of industry has a major flaw. There are no lawyers, and no politicians. Anybody with any knowledge of the industry knows that lawyers and politicians find the MS industry a gold-mine for revenue enhancement. Yes, the movie may scratch an itch for some, it probably does not advance the cause of truth and science about the industry. There is way to much political hay to be made, and way too much in the way of agendas to be advanced. Others who have traveled this "documentary" route know there is money in these works of fiction. Despite their outrage at capitalism where some people make money, they choose to follow the path of "documentaries" for the same purpose, make money. It works. The sound sources of knowledge, experiences and science go unused. Rather these works of entertainment pass themselves off as a resource to let the public know what is happening. These "documentaries" are entertainment, not for a deeper understanding.
same old story January 04, 2013 at 10:47 PM
GOOD LUCK BROTHER
Mike Jones (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Troy announced on his Facebook page that he and his wife made the cut! They can be seen standing outside the town hall. Troy's farmer scene with the cows, though, isn't included in the movie. Congrats, Troy!
Domenic Marian January 05, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Hey Troy, It was nice working with you on that movie Foxcatcher. I'm still at it. I've been looking for this article ever since you told me it was coming. See you in the movies! Dom
Troy Bogdan January 05, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Thanks Mike! And thank you too Dom . . . nice meeting another fellow Bridgeville resident on the "Foxcatcher" set.

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