'He's A Really Good Actor': Washington Fugitive Caught After Scoring Small Movie Role

| by Tony Tran

Law enforcement officials discovered an escaped fugitive in Washington on Friday after he was found acting in a small budget movie.

Jason Stange, 44, escaped from a work release program before he was cast in a film called “Marla Mae," Q13 Fox reports. He had attended an open casting call last month. Unfortunately for him, he used his real name when auditioning for the role.

When asked why he used his real name, Stange said that he figured that since it was a small movie, no one would recognize him.

“I was casting for a very different person,” Lisa Van Dam-Bates, writer and director of the film, told Q13 Fox. “I was casting for someone younger, way different looking. But Jason, he’s a really good actor.”

Van Dam-Bates claims that she was unaware of his criminal background, which includes armed bank robbery and leaving a work-release program.

Despite this, she said that Stange was a good actor and she was impressed with his work ethic.

“Honestly, he’s been really good,” Van Dam-Bates said. “He’s been on time, professional.”

The fugitive was discovered after the crew of the film decided to do an interview with The Olympian newspaper.

The article included Stange’s photo as well as his name. A U.S. Marshal was able to recognize Stange from the photo and name.

Marshals then found where the film was being made and arrested him on Friday.

“They kind of like honed in, waited out there,” said the director. “He went to go get cigarettes and they got him.”

Despite Stange’s past, Van Dam-Bates does not believe the man to be a violent person.

“I think if it would have been a really brutal terrible crime, it would have changed my opinion of him a lot — if it had been a rape, or murder, or something really horrific,” she said.

She added the she intends to keep him in the movie, which is scheduled to release next year, Times Union reported.

Source: FOX, Times Union

Photo Credit: The Olympia via AP,