ORIGINAL: Jaguarforums’ Fearless Leader Attempts Acting, Hilarity Ensues

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Jaguar put the acting chops of yours truly to the test with “The Audition.”

In case you weren’t aware, the people at Jaguar have a sense of humor. I learned this first hand at The Next Generation of Jaguar 2.0/The Art of Performance Tour event that Jaguar invited me to. Between the unveiling of new cars and test drives there was another event happening, and it involved a green screen.

To the right of the main stage was a sign saying “Jaguar: The Audition.” An audition for what? Who knows. However, automotive journalists are not actors and the people at Jaguar do know that. They also know that acting is hard, and watching people attempt it, and fail miserably, is funny. I am no stranger to self-deprecating humor, so sign me up.

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Around the corner, a Jaguar XE S sat before a giant green screen. Cameras surrounded the cabin of the Jag, and all eyes were on the driver’s seat. Time to get comfortable. A director sat behind the scenes explaining what was happening on the green screen, giving me prompts when my “acting” was to begin in-scene. How this guy managed to keep a straight face during this, I will never know.

After the in-car shots, I was whisked away to a second set. The rest of the shots were filmed here, including the infamous shot at the 2:01 mark. Yes, that screenshot has been sent to me repeatedly. It’s great. There it was, my two minutes of fame. Another hard day in the office. The things I do for you people.

Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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