'Daddy's Home 2' shines Hollywood spotlight on Atkinson family

Union Leader Correspondent
December 27. 2017 11:24PM

Dawn Ring, her daughter Ella, and Lori Rego and her son, Cole, all of Atkinson, are getting a lot of attention after they appeared in the new comedy film “Daddy's Home 2.” (Courtesy)

ATKINSON — Two local sisters and their kids are enjoying their few seconds of fame after they appeared as extras in the new Christmas comedy “Daddy’s Home 2” and then in a humorous GIF that’s making the rounds on social media.

Dawn Ring and Lori Rego have shared a lot of laughs with friends and family ever since they decided to stop by a park in Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts last spring while the film crew and cast were in town filming a scene for the Paramount Pictures film that opened last month.

Ring brought her daughter, Ella, 10, while Rego’s son, Cole, 9, also came along for the experience with hopes of seeing some of the cast, which includes Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson and John Cena.

The Atkinson sisters never thought any of them would actually end up in the film, but they got lucky when a director approached and recruited Cole for a scene in which Ferrell gets kicked in the head by a kid.

“We didn’t know us moms in the background would really be in it,” Ring said.

The scene shows Ella and Cole on a swing set. Ferrell gets kicked in the head by Cole while he’s swinging and nailed by other kids using a tether ball next to the swing set.

During the filming, Ring and Rego were standing in the background and were told to look shocked and surprised when Ferrell gets pummeled.

“It was just a cool experience and something neat to see behind the scenes and how it was done. It was so different from every day,” Rego said.

They were stunned when people started contacting them to say they saw them in a trailer for the film.

They’ve heard from people they haven’t seen in years and have dominated the talk around the water cooler at work.

But the movie wasn’t their only moment in the spotlight. Media company Kick Ass Vines created a GIF that reflects the mood of those who feel life has knocked them down. The GIF asks, “How’s life going?” and is then followed by the word “Me” and the scene where Cole kicks Ferrell and Ring and Rego appear stunned.

The GIF has been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook and was something Ring and Rego never expected.

“You know you’ve made it when you’re in a GIF,” Rego said.


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