LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Lights, camera, and laser tag.
NCIS hired Lathan Gareiss to help light up Tuesday's episode, the gear coming straight from his Lehigh Acres home.
"They liked the way our packs looked. They liked the way they felt. They wanted to use them in a scene but they needed 20, and I just happened to have 36 here," Gareiss said Tuesday.
Gareiss does Tech Support for national distributor Laser Force. NCIS hired him on in late January to use his gear and put his expertise to work for two long days on set.
"They had a caterer out front that took care of the cast all day. Food like you couldn't believe. Anything and everything that you'd want," Gareiss said.
Aside from the star treatment and cozying up with the cast, he also got a surprise shot in the limelight.
"At the last minute, Tony, the director, came up to me and said we need one more person. We have a jacket in your size. You wanna do it?" Gareiss said.
The role, suiting up kids in laser packs, came naturally....but the acting, did not.
"I started talking during the set and the other actors, the kids that were there that were playing the kids playing laser tag, they were looking at me like what's this guy doing? This guy's being goofy. Shhh! You're not supposed to say anything," Gareiss said.
During his two days on set, only six scenes were shot. So Tuesday night, Gareiss and family joined to catch the Hollywood ending to his chance of a lifetime.
"To actually get to go and be part of an episode of a show that I like to watch was pretty phenomenal. It was mind blowing," he said Tuesday.
Gareiss also runs a separate laser tag rental business out of Lehigh Acres, Xtreem Family Fun.