Herkimer woman appears in upcoming "Ghost Rider" movie


HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - "The Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," hits theaters nationwide Friday, starring Nicolas Cage, as well as an appearance by one young woman from Herkimer.

Leah Donnelly, 21, of Herkimer, says that she has only one line in the film, but she is thankful to have gotten the experience, because it gave her a glimpse into the movie business, and allowed her to spend a week in Romania, where the movie was filmed.

The superhero-action film is a sequel to 2007's "Ghost Rider" and is the story of one man's struggle with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter. It takes place in Romania where the Herkimer woman spent one week shooting and learning the language, taking a break from her nursing classes at Herkimer County BOCES.

The blockbuster is directed by Brian Taylor and Mark Nevaldine, who is friends with Leah's family. Knowing she had an interest in acting, Leah says Mark flew her out to Romania where she would play a cashier, whom the devil buys a newspaper from.

"We're in a train station and Ciaran Hinds is coming up to buy a newspaper from me and I'm pretty sure (the role is) called the 'kiosk girl,'" says Donnelly. "That's what they called me on set. They were like 'Kiosk Girl, Kiosk Girl! Let's go!"

In the film, Leah says "1 dollar and 50 cents" in Romanian.

"As soon as they picked me up from the airport, they started grilling me and saying you know you have to learn this line and learn this line," says Donnelly.

This was her first acting role. She currently has her nursing LPN and is continuing to take classes to get her nursing RN degree, while keeping her options open for acting as well.

"Acting is definitely a hard career to get into, but it's definitely something that I'm interested in," she said. "But nursing...there's always jobs available, so I'm keeping that there too."

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