Locals Star in SHOWTIME Movie


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A movie that you can watch on SHOWTIME right now was shot in Springfield and even some cast members are from the Queen City.

“When you’re on the inside looking out, it’s a totally different ballgame,” said Wes Nichols, who plays a truck driver in the movie.  

“You never know if it’s going to see the light of day or not, or how it’s going to be distributed,” said Andie Bottrell, a professional actress who lives in Springfield. 

But now, it’s official – they made it and the film “Above Ground” is on SHOWTIME. 

Bottrell plays a main character’s best friend in the movie. 

“Brenda was a lot of fun to play,” she said. 

Nichols isn’t an actor. He’s a small business owner in Springfield but landed a small role in the movie.

“We shot it from so many different angles,” he said. “I think you’ll like it. For a 53-year-old man, I didn’t do too bad.” 

They say you’d be surprised at how many people it takes to make it happen. 

“Films are such a collaborative effort,” Bottrell said. 

“30, 40, 50 people behind the scenes,” Nichols. 

And the process even after shooting. 

“If you’re ever in a movie, don’t tell anybody until maybe three or four years later,” Nichols said.  

Bottrell says this is her biggest part yet. After six years in L.A., she moved back home. 

“I felt like that was sort of going to have to be a pause for my career and everything that I had been working on would be put on hold. I never in a million years thought that coming back to Springfield, Missouri, I would end up with a part in a movie that’s on SHOWTIME,” she said. “But it goes to show that you never know what path life is going to take you on.” 

Bottrell continues acting, and Nichols says, he wouldn’t mind playing some parts here and there. 

 “You probably have not seen the last of me yet,” he said. 

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