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When bad tans happen to bad people

Wren Wertin
Special to the Daily/Toni AxelrodDavid Shackleford plays Victor Swindler, a cheesy personal injury lawyer, in "Minimum Wage." He's shown here with local sound man Mike Dimattio in Beaver Creek, shooting a particularly bad commercial.

When David Shackleford flew from California to Colorado, he had no idea his friends would paste a truly terrible tan on his face upon his arrival.

But what else could they do, seeing as he plays Victor Swindler, a personal injury lawyer in Jonathan Bricklin’s film “Minimum Wage.” Victor, a smarmy, clueless bloke, shoots a commercial for his practice, hence the orange tan.

Shackleford is a veteran of both the big and small screens, and his friends on the shoot – which are many – couldn’t get enough of his cheese-ball schtick.

“He’s trying to be so cool, and just isn’t,” said actor Chris Elwood about Victor. “It’s so similar to what you see on TV – horribly produced commercials.”

Bricklin is striving to illustrate the absurdity of everyday life, and details such as these are essential to his mission. As part of it all, he dwells on the lawsuit-happy mindset of America.

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