Douglas High ’99 grad helps kick start ‘Veronica Mars’ movie |

Douglas High ’99 grad helps kick start ‘Veronica Mars’ movie

The crowd funding of the "Veronica Mars" movie is one of the biggest stories in entertainment history.

More than 91,000 fans raised a record $5.67 million to make the movie, according to the fundraising site Kickstarter.

Douglas High School graduate Jacob Kallman wasn't a fan of the show when it was on television 2004-07, but his fiancée Erin was.

As a gift to her he contributed money to the project, according to his mother, Indian Hills resident Cathy Kallman.

As a result, Kallman appears in two scenes, and his mom said he doesn't exactly fade into the background.

"He's in a couple of scenes, including the reunion scene and he's in a bar," Cathy said. "He's like at 6-foot, 3-inches tall. You can see him. He was actually recognized by some of the fans."

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Kallman graduated from Douglas in 1999, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.

His mother said that while he wasn't an actor, Kallman has always been very outgoing.

She credited Douglas High School speech and debate coach Marty Cronin, who died in 2005, with giving Kallman the tools to perform in the movie. Kallman spoke at Douglas High's graduation, singing and saying "May the Force be with you!" as he drew a toy light saber.

"Marty Cronin got him started being comfortable out there in the public," she said. "The acting is just maybe a fluke, but he's pretty excited. If she makes another movie, he might try it again."

Kallman married his Mars fan, Erin, on Feb. 16, and the couple attended movie openings in Seattle and Los Angeles.

The movie opened across the country on March 14 and earned $2 million in its first weekend, according to the website Box Office Mojo.

A photo of Kallman taking a picture of himself and star Kristen Bell appeared in the New York Times, but his name was misspelled in the information given to the newspaper.

So in addition to his photo, he is the subject of a correction in the newspaper.

The Kallman family has lived in Douglas County for 23 years.

"We really like it here," Cathy said. "It's a great place to raise kids."

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