Open Casting Calls: Keepin’ It Too Real?
A few weeks ago, “Mad Men” held an open casting call. Anyone could submit a photo of themselves dressed ’60s-style for a chance to appear on the show. Last week, New Yorkers were invited to try out for a role in “Sex and the City 2.” The roles that needed filling were for “fashion models, celebrity types, upscale socialites, urban club goers, gays and lesbians.” Today, we heard about an open casting call in Holland for “What’s Wrong with Virginia,” a movie starring Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly. The studio says they’re looking for “real looking people of all shapes and sizes.” [MLive] Are these casting calls an attempt to drum up publicity, or make fans feel like they could be involved in the making of their favorite movie? Are studios trying to trim their budgets, or do they really want fresh talent? This is Hollywood, people. No one wants to see regular folks on celluloid!