No one is more surprised that J. Frank Lynch himself that his introduction to Georgia’s film industry came through “Magic Mike XXL.” Yes, that movie — the 2015 movie about male strippers starring Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello.
Frank’s answer to the casting call for extras for a “Magic Mike XXL” bar scene was more about stepping up to a dare from a friend, an “I’ll do it if you do it” first step that has led the Fayetteville native to the sets of “Ant-Man;” Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming film “Life of the Party;” “The 5th Wave;” “Underground;” and more.
Playing this small role in Georgia’s film industry allows Frank to supplement his business as a freelance writer. Now retired from a journalism career that took him to Lawrenceville, Atlanta, Fayetteville, Brunswick, and Savannah, Frank has built a life in Savannah that is equal parts freelance writer and film/television extra.
“I’m reinventing myself with the help of Georgia’s film industry,” Frank says. “There are people like me all over the state — florists, caterers, security guards — people that make — or supplement — a living through work connected to films and TV.”