According to The Veronica Mars Movie Project, Kickstarter bidder Steven Dengler purchased an on-screen speaking role for $10,000. I watched the film last night (at the LA premiere if anyone has any "timing" issues with this post), and though I was not specifically looking for his scene, afterwards I realized I had missed it.

Which scene did Mr. Dengler appear in, or was his scene cut from the film?

  • Not sure of the scene, but he's credited in IMDB as being a waiter, so I would surmise a restaurant scene of some kind.
    – JohnP
    Mar 13, 2014 at 18:33
  • I could be wrong, but I think you're still a day early before its "official" release - so you might have to wait a bit for someone to have seen the exact scene. Mar 13, 2014 at 18:55
  • @AndrewMartin - I attended last night's LA premiere, and there were both Texas and New York premieres earlier.
    – JoshDM
    Mar 13, 2014 at 18:59
  • @JoshDM: I just meant because it's not in the cinemas yet officially until tomorrow. I just mean it'll likely take a few days until a fair few people have seen the film, that's all! Mar 13, 2014 at 19:00
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    And this isn't the answer, but should hopefully make a few people smile: blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2014/03/… Mar 13, 2014 at 19:04

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I haven't watched the movie (either), but I'm sure the following snippets will help.

From Associated Press:

The $10,000 contributor, 45-year-old Canadian entrepreneur and currency exchange site XE.com co-founder Steven Dengler, ended up playing not a waiter (as the reward had advertised), but introducing a viral video with James Franco, who also makes a cameo.

Another bit of detail, this time from the movie's Production Notes:

The top-tier prize-a speaking part in the film-went to Steve Dengler. He plays the host of a viral-video show seen (and heard) onscreen and feels his money was well spent.

Do you recall any of it?

  • This scene was 100% in the film and leads to some very amusing stuff.
    – JoshDM
    Mar 13, 2014 at 20:07
  • Sorry @rumandwrite - The official Veronica Mars team unexpectedly trumped you over the weekend. You still get my +1 vote.
    – JoshDM
    Mar 24, 2014 at 17:41

This is explained by the Veronica Mars Movie Project team in an e-mail from Rob Thomas to the Kickstarter backers, dated March 23, 2014:

What happened to the $10,000 waiter's line?

Over the last week, one of the most common questions we've received is about our $10,000 Kickstarter backer, and where his "walk on" role appeared in the movie.

As you might recall from the original Kickstarter listing, our top pledge reward offered one backer the chance to appear in the movie as a waiter, speaking the words, "Your check, sir." Many of you have correctly noted in the comments (SPOILER WARNING!) no such line -- or role -- appeared in the final movie.

For those of you who missed it, we actually released the scene as an exclusive preview on Funny or Die just a few days before the movie was released.

Funny or Die Scene

I'd like to tell you that we ended up cutting this Funny Or Die scene because it didn't fit with the overall tone and flow of the movie, but -- confession time -- this wasn't an actual scene from the movie. (The final shot in this skit did, however, feature a handful of local backers who volunteered to come help out as extras just a few days before the movie was released.)

The truth is that the "waiter scene" I envisioned before we launched the Kickstarter never made it into the final script. In earlier drafts, the scene took place in New York, in the first ten minutes of the movie, as Veronica explained to Piz that she'd be returning to Neptune:

Script Screencap

(image transcribed)

       4/15/13                                               8.

                         VERONICA (CONT'D)
               You know I haven't spoken to him in 
               nine years

     The waiter arrives, sets down a check.

                         WAITER / BID-A-LINE WINNER
               Your check, sir...

               C'mon. Cheer up. You're buying me 
               dinner. Odds are I'll put out.

     Piz doesn't want to smile, but a smile escapes nevertheless.

As the script went through revisions, I ended up cutting this scene to save time, and to get Veronica back to Neptune faster.

By then, I had also gotten a chance to speak with Steven Dengler, the backer who pledged for the walk-on role -- and who had the good humor to introduce himself as "10K" while visiting the set.

Once we knew that the waiter scene wouldn't make the final script, we discussed several other options for Steve's big moment. We wanted to find something that would be memorable and fit into the movie.

In the final cut, Steve appears as the enthusiastic vlogger who introduces a viral video featuring one of our unannounced cameos:

Jean Genie Screencap

For those of you concerned that Steve didn't get the moment he was promised, rest assured that his line -- "LET'S GET WEIRD!"-- has the exact same number of words as his original line: "Your check, sir." And for those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, trust me: he nailed it.

  • Whilst this answer is very good, I do have to comment that rumandwrite included this in his answer ("plays the host of a viral-video show"). Mar 24, 2014 at 17:56
  • @AndrewMartin - see my comment to him at the end of his answer. This response from the VMars team was unexpected. I didn't write any of it but the first line and the image transcription; his is still valid as it explains more information on Mr. Dengler not included in the above, but I felt this unprecedented "official" response is more thorough and selected it as the answer.
    – JoshDM
    Mar 24, 2014 at 17:58

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