OLYMPIA, WA – Every now and then, the movies imitate life.
Like in the film Sunset Boulevard where the aging actress plays her last role as a real-life criminal, a murderer.
And then there’s Jason Stange in the film Marla Mae, the first, and probably last, movie role for this real-life criminal, a fugitive wanted for armed bank robbery.
Stange didn’t have an acting background, but Lisa Van-Dam Bates, the director of the low-budget flick, was impressed with his work and his work ethics.
“Honestly, he’s been really good. He’s been on time, professional.”
The local paper did a feature on the film as it wrapped up shooting in Olympia, Washington.
A photo of Stange, with his real name, appeared in the story, along with a clear shot of his tattoo.
A US marshal saw it and recognized Stange as the hombre who walked away from a work-release program in eastern Washington.
Van-Dam Bates was surprised, but she doesn’t think Stange is a violent person.
“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.”
Stange says he used his real name because it was a small movie and he didn’t think it would get much attention.
Now, he’s paying the price for fame.