Area viewers of the latest installment of the adventures of Batman, "The Dark Knight Rises," may notice a familiar face in one scene.

Sayre native Jason Gowin, one of the featured extras in the movie, plays a mercenary of the film's antagonist, Bane. In the scene Gowin appears in, the group helps to break prisoners out of the Gotham City prison.

"I help hundreds of inmates escape," he said.

Gowin, who has appeared on the A&E television series "Extreme Paranormal" and is a member of the group Ghost Hunters Inc., said he learned of the part through his New York City-based agent. A lifelong fan of superheroes, Gowin said he couldn't pass up the chance to audition for a part he called "a dream come true."

 

Between 4,000 and 6,000 people, including Gowin, traveled to Pittsburgh and lined up to audition and interview for 20 speaking extra roles, Gowin said. A couple of weeks later, he received a phone call informing him that he was one of the actors chosen to join Bane's gang of thugs.

"As soon as I hung up the phone, I went crazy," Gowin said.

Gowin spent one 14-hour day on set and said observing the way a large motion picture films was a great experience.

"I've never been on such a big production," he said.

The shoot, which contained a large crowd of people and several large mechanical pieces, required a great deal of coordination, he said.

During his time on set, Gowin saw Batman's stunt double and was able to get an up-close look at the Batmobile used in the film. He was also about eight feet from Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in the film. While Gowin didn't approach her, he said Hathaway was "friendly and personable" with the extras who did.

"The Dark Knight Rises" will premiere at 12:01 a.m. Friday at the Sayre Theatre, a showing Gowin said he plans to attend to see his role in the movie for the first time. Doors for the premiere open at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to information from the theater.

The movie will also play at the Keystone Theatre, with its first showing scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Friday, according to movie showtimes from the Bradford County Regional Arts Council.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.