Samson appears in Three Stooges movie

NEW YORK – Marlins president and movie buff David Samson has now made it to the silver screen.

If you look closely at the party scene of “The Three Stooges” movie, you will see Samson as one of guests. It’s a non-speaking role, but it is a still his brush with Hollywood fame.

Marlins president David Samson with the Farrelly brothers during shooting of movie.

The movie is directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, who have done such comedies as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Hall Pass and Fever Pitch.

The Marlins are gaining unprecedented notoriety these days. They are the subject of Showtime’s The Franchise reality series.

Now, Samson is in a movie that is at a theater near you.

The small role in The Three Stooges was about a year in the making.

“In a Challenged Athletes Foundation live auction, I won a walk-on roll for the new Farrelly brothers movie, as yet untitled,” Samson said of how it came about. “About a year later, I got a call from one of the producers, who had discovered my name and realized I was president of the Marlins. He said, ‘Are you still interested?’

“I said I’m interested as long as you let me read for a part. He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Let me read for a part, I think I can be in the movie.’ “

Samson traveled to Atlanta and met with the Farrelly brothers, and the rest is history.

“We had an amazing day together, talking baseball, and they put me in the movie,” Samson said. During the party scene, Samson found himself making facial expressions with actor, Chris Diamantopoulos, who plays the role of Moe.

“I was forced to make a facial expression with one of the Stooges,” Samson said.  “He’s so funny, that he was making me laugh. All I kept hearing in the background was Pete Farrelly yelling, ‘Samson, stop laughing, you’re ruining the take!’ I felt like, ‘Wow, I am being directed by the Farrelly brothers!

“I stood there and I made a face at Moe, and Moe made a face at me.” After the filming was done in Atlanta, Samson still didn’t know if his scene actually was in the movie.

“I didn’t hear from them for a month before it was released, so I assumed I didn’t make the movie,” Samson said. “The day it was released, I started getting e-mails from people that I know and people that I don’t know, asking me if it was me in ‘The Three Stooges.’ It occurred to me that I made the movie.

“If you blink, you’ll miss it. So don’t blink.”

Joe Frisaro

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