“Killers Of The Flower Moon” actor reflects on his film work experience

A Hominy actor landed a speaker role in “Killers of the Flower Moon”, the film directed by Martin Scorsese which just finished filming at Pawhuska.

Leland Prater said the experience didn’t feel real and he was very proud to represent Oklahoma in this $ 200 million production.

“Discovering a role is one thing, but a lead role is like hitting the jackpot. “

Leland Prater grew up in Hominy and is fairly new to acting. He went to a nearby casting a few years ago and has appeared in several roles since.

He was working on a project in New York when he heard that Martin Scorsese was going to film the “Killers of the Flower Moon” a few miles from Leland’s hometown.

“It’s Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert de Niro,” Leland said. “Good God, it doesn’t get bigger than that!”

So Leland made a few calls and got in touch with a casting director for the film.

After a COVID-19 delay, he auditioned for several roles on Zoom earlier this year and landed one.

“The stars aligned and the good Lord was smiling at me,” he said.

The crews transformed Pawhuska into a 1920s Fairfax and filmed for several months.

Tons of people came from all over to watch and were excited to see a piece of Hollywood in Oklahoma.

Leland was chosen as the director of the Rex Theater and said he was treated like a king. He was even able to shake Scorsese’s hand.

“I’m a bit of a nobody, a Hominy actor, and wow, I can go play with the grown-ups here,” he said.

He knows the story of the Osage murders, and as Cherokee himself he said it was important for the filmmakers to get it right, which he said they did.

“This is my city, my county, my family and my people,” he said.

As one of the few Oklahoma actors to star in the film, every second he imbues himself with what feels like a dream.

“Not only could I be in a western, but a Martin Scorsese western,” he said. “It’s a once in a lifetime chance, once in a third or fourth chance in a lifetime.”

Filming wrapped up last week and the film will likely be released early next year.

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