Locals passing through Caesars Palace late Wednesday recognized a familiar face in a scene with Oscar winner Christian Bale.
Longtime Elvis impersonator Paul Casey was seen standing behind Bale, who was chatting up two female co-stars during the filming of a scene at a poker table.
The film, “Knight of Cups,” is Bale’s first since retiring his Batman cape, reportedly for good, after wrapping “The Dark Knight Rises” late last year.
Casey was featured in this space about two years ago, in an article about his decision to give up his Elvis persona to pursue other interests in the entertainment world.
His new direction has apparently paid off with a role as a movie extra.
Casey has been the driving force behind the success of the Knight Rider Festival, which attracts owners of the KITT cars and fans of the “Knight Rider” series that starred David Hasselhoff.
A songwriter as well, Casey submitted a theme song for the “Lone Ranger” film that has been in delay.
After shooting Bale in Garden of the Gods pools and the casino Wednesday, renowned director Terrence Malick was scheduled to move the cameras to the desert Thursday.
Because Malick is also shooting “Lawless” with “Knight of Cups” co-stars Bale and Natalie Portman, there has been speculation that some of the scenes could be in the works for “Lawless.” Also co-starring with Bale in “Cups” are Cate Blanchett and Aussie star Isabel Lucas. The latter was in the poker table scene.
SOCCER STARS ON FREMONT
Las Vegas soccer standout Herculez Gomez will be among a group of teammates from Santos Laguna, the Mexican League champion, making an appearance Saturday at the Fremont Street Experience.
Joining Gomez at the 1st Street stage at noon will be captain and goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, Juan Pablo “El Chato” Rodriguez and Marc Crosas.
They meet Spanish League champion Real Madrid on Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.
Also attending will be former UNLV soccer player Simon Keith, who made history when he became the first athlete to play professional sports after receiving a heart transplant.
Ticket information for the game: www.UNLVtickets.com or call 855-2LV-KICK, 855-258-5425 (out of state) or 702-739-3267 (local).
THE SCENE AND HEARD
With his 6 p.m. telecast today, Gary Waddell wraps up his 32-year career as an anchor at KLAS-TV, Channel 8. Check back here Saturday and Sunday for coverage of his sign-off.
Sandy Murphy, spotted Wednesday at Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” reality show. A very pregnant Murphy was working as an assistant for a wealthy lady in Beverly Hills. Murphy was charged with murder in the drug-related 1998 death of casino owner Ted Binion and convicted in 2000. Her murder conviction was overturned in late 2003. She was granted a new trial and was acquitted of the murder charges in 2004. She married Laguna Beach, Calif., art dealer Kevin Pieropan three years ago. … La Toya Jackson, having lunch in the shade at La Cave’s garden lounge (Wynn) on Wednesday. Jackson is reportedly doing a reality show next year titled “Life With La Toya” on Oprah’s OWN. … Carrot Top, flying extreme airplanes at the Sky Combat Ace attraction in Henderson on Wednesday with his brother, Garrett Thompson. … Celebrity chef Rick Moonen of RM seafood (Mandalay Bay), catching a late dinner Wednesday at First Food & Bar (Palazzo).
THE PUNCH LINE
“I can’t decide if I’m excited or not about Swiss National Day. I guess you could say I’m completely neutral.” – Craig Ferguson
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