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Extras! Casting calls aim to fill OTH finale, future productions

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The stage is set. Now all that’s needed are the people to fill it. If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a television show or movie, now is your chance. Hollywood East is once again starting to live up to its name, and that means casting agencies need more extras.

It’s long hours, and you get paid minimum wage, but working as an extra on a movie is something Darrell Rackley enjoys.

“In the movie ‘Footloose,’ me and my wife went to the theater, and then all of a sudden we’re like, ‘There we are!’ And it’s so exciting, and you’re like, ‘Oh, my God!’ I yelled that out loud,” Rackley said.

Emily Young with Premier Casting already has a pool of a couple of thousand hopefuls who want to work as an extra, but given the direction our local film industry is heading, she wants more. A lot more.

“We want to fatten it up with more different types of folks,” Young said. “For the last shows we’ve done we had a lot of college kid types. Now we want more professional people, older people, more ethnicity involved. We just want to have a good, well-rounded group to have a fabulous talent base to pull from.”

Rumor has it “Iron Man 3” will need a thousand extras. WWAY has learned a made-for-TV movie based on Patricia Cornwell’s book “Hornets Nest” Is also coming. More films mean more jobs.

“And it means more people will get extras work, more local actors will get actual auditions and acting work, so it speaks a lot for the local economy as far as jobs are concerned,” said Alexis Allen of Fincannon & Associates, another Wilmington-based casting company.

And don’t discount the work on television shows. “One Tree Hill” is coming to an end, and some of the final scenes will need a lot of people. That is why there is a major casting call just for that finale Friday.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity for people who haven’t been able to be an extra in the past mostly, because it’s a way we’ve become very accessible,” Allen said. “I think a lot of people have trouble knowing how exactly to go through the process of becoming an extra, and this makes it easy.”

And maybe you will experience what Rackley enjoys.

“For that few minutes of fame, it is really a good feeling,” he said.

Premier Casting is holding its open casting call at the Community Art Center in Downtown Wilmington Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A casting call for the “One Tree Hill” finale is at Fincannon & Associates on N. 23rd Street from noon until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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