Union College employee Jermaine Wells was one of the background actors in a “Carpool Karaoke” skit featuring host James Corden and singers Sting and Shaggy on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards show.
The show was televised live on CBS, but the “Carpool Karaoke” skit was prerecorded.
In the skit, the three board a New York City train for a subway edition of Corden’s popular segment from his “Late Late Show.”
They sing a couple of songs, including The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me.”
But the other riders aren’t impressed, with one highly agitated man threatening the trio and ordering them to shut up. An elderly woman complains “No, no! Not for this Grammy! I don’t want to be on your stupid YouTube video.”
Wearing a pink baseball hat, Wells is seated between the grumpy woman and another rider. He looks disgusted.
A musician and aspiring actor, Wells, who is a coordinator for Learning Environment Services and Special Events/Conferences at Union, got the call to be in the skit last Monday.
He went to Brooklyn’s MTA Museum on Wednesday to film the bit. He said it took about 10 takes to get it right, according to the Union College Media and Public Relations Department.
Corden co-directed the skit. He told the extras he wanted them to be annoyed by the trio’s singing.
Wells said he enjoyed his brief interaction with the stars. He attended the Grammys at Madison Square Garden on his own. After the clip aired, he heard from friends, family and co-workers who recognized him, helped no doubt by the pink hat he was given to wear.
Next up for Wells: He plays Whoopi Goldberg’s son-in-law, Barry, in “Furlough,” out in March. In the film, Barry is married to Brandy, played by LaLa Anthony, estranged wife of NBA player Carmelo Anthony.
A Bronx native, Wells joined Union in 2005.
In 2016, Wells took a solo pilgrimage to Dubai, Jordan, Egypt and London on a journey of self-discovery and adventure. He then produced a 45-minute film of his adventure in what was the first of his “Man on the Move” series.