San Francisco Chronicle (US), June 15, 2001
Extras' Scary Lives
The "Matrix" team will pack up in the next few weeks, which means no more Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne sightings at local hot spots. But the lives of extras have not been nearly as glamorous. They were paid more to drive their cars on the faux freeway constructed for the movie in Alameda. When the extras were ordered to return to their "mark," they had to drive backward at 40 mph, a task they described as "a little scary."A loop was belatedly built to accommodate them. The extras also said it was distracting to motor along while all manner of crashes were enacted by stunt drivers on the other side of the freeway. Some extras took to wearing sunglasses. Must have been hard to tell them from the movie stars.