Man Who Played Dead On TikTok For 321 Days Gets Acting Job On CSI

A man has been given an acting role on CSI after he pretended to be dead for a whopping 321 days.

Before getting his dream job as a dead corpse on CSI: Vegas, the man in question, Josh Nalley from Kentucky, recorded a video on TikTok nearly every day for over a year, in which he pretended to be dead.

Josh posted hundreds of videos of himself acting dead in the hope that a television programme would use him as a corpse in one of its episodes.

To his surprise CSI: Vegas eventually contacted him after learning about the viral star and gave him the chance to portray a dead corpse in one of the show’s episodes. So in a strange twist of destiny 321 days after beginning his plan, the Kentucky man’s request was eventually fulfilled.

He admitted to the Courier Journal that he had no prior acting training but that the year of practise had helped him develop his ability to depict a corpse more convincingly.

He said: “I don’t like speaking on camera, but I can lie there and act like I am dead pretty easily.

“Having done more than 300 of these posts, I have progressed and gotten better. At first, you could see me breathing, or the fake blood looked really bad.

“I have gotten rid of using the blood and gotten better at holding my breath.”

Josh realised that the secret to a believable corpse shot was to have movement in the background, so while he was motionless, his surrounds were lively and fluid. He included trees and natural elements where he could to enhance the videos.


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According to him, the inspiration for the idea came from witnessing a lady post about hot sauce on TikTok, after which she received a tonne of offers from businesses. This made him question whether he could accomplish the same thing by portraying a dead corpse on television.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for him when he was on set; he disclosed that he received a cold call mid-take, resulting in them having to start all over again.

Josh has gotten a lot of additional invitations to portray a dead corpse for other movies, so maybe his chance at fame is only getting started. Despite this, he has no intentions to leave his day job as a restaurant manager.

After learning about his impressive accomplishment, dozens of social media users shared their thoughts, with one writing: “Now nobody can be mad that the person playing the role has actually played dead before, has life experience of the character and is not acting something that’s not ‘his truth’”.


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While another commented: “If Danny Dyer and Steven segal can become actors then anyone can really. There’s hope for everyone looking at them and their acting skills or lack of.”

“So, did he consistently take breaks from his 321 days of playing dead? Or did someone spoon-feed what they thought was a corpse in case it was hungry?” a third questioned of his year-long stint.

A fourth joked: “The level of loyalty is impressive. This is the type of loyalty people look for in relationships. This one will ‘die for you’ and it’s more than just words.”

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