LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- In his debut role on the silver screen, John Manchester had a two- or three-word line, depending on the take.
"I played an individual walking along the street with his wife on his arm who greets the sheriff and said, 'Good morning, sheriff. Or, 'Morning, sheriff."
Manchester, the mayor of Lewisburg, had a small role in the upcoming James Franco film, "Child of God." Franco is best known for his acting roles in films like "Spider-Man," "Milk" and "127 Hours."
Franco shot a portion of the upcoming independent film in Greenbrier County and used a number of the locals there as extras. The film is an adaptation of the 1973 novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy.
Filming in Greenbrier County started at the end of January and lasted three weeks. The crew also shot a portion of the film in Pocahontas County.
Manchester became involved with the film after the crew stopped by his office seeking guidance on where to go for renting cars, finding animals for scenes, space rentals and other things.
"While I was there they snapped a picture and said, 'you might be good in a role,'" Manchester recalls.
The movie, set in the 1950s in rural Tennessee, follows the story of a violent man who dabbles in necrophilia and pedophilia.
Manchester's scene was filmed in front of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, which doubles as the county courthouse in the film.
Manchester wore a fedora, a sport coat, khakis and dress shoes in the scene.
"It was probably 20 degrees and windy and everyone had to act like it was sunny," he said. That was particularly difficult for the women who wore sleeveless costumes.
Manchester called the movie's filming "the buzz for the winter" in Lewisburg.
The crew of about 40 people stayed in local hotels and ate at local restaurants. A few rented an apartment in town, too.
One local business, The Bakery, catered two meals a day for the crew for two weeks and three meals for one week.
"At times, we were delivering at 4 in the morning," said Jennifer Gammon, a manager at The Bakery.
At the end of the shoot, the restaurant catered a meal for the crew and extras, a group of about 100.
"We got a lot of good compliments," Gammon said. "They said it was the best food they'd had on a site."
Sandy Carter, who owns The Bakery with his wife, Lisa, met James Franco and got to watch some of the filming, Gammon said.
Catering for the film was extra business for the restaurant, which has a staff of seven or eight people.
"[Winter] can be slow," Gammon said. "This has been one of the best winters in a while because of the weather. [The crew] was very, very nice to work with. It was a very nice experience."