Extras casting for “Me and Orson Welles” needs up 800 people

2 February 2008

Me and Orson Welles

IoM Today had another article about the extras casting call on 31 January 2007. This time it specifically was for Zac’s movie. While it basically contains the same as the description from the extras casting agency I’ve posted about on 27 January, it does have a few new tidbits:

They need up to 800 extras: 240 people for all 3 dates (March 3, 4 and 9) and additional 390 people for March 9 (which makes it 630 extras total for that date).

Here is the full article:

New film requires most extras ever needed on Manx project

ME and Orson Welles, set in the Mercury Theatre, New York, during the 1930s, will require the Island’s biggest ever extras call.
Island agency Ex-isle wants up to 800 extras for the production.

Because the movie is set in post-depression America, people of slim build, in the 20 to 70 age range, are being sought.

Women, sizes eight to 16, should have short hair ranging from bobs to shoulder length.

Men, chest sizes 36-44, must be clean-shaven with short back and sides hairstyles.

Extras must be prepared for a possible haircut.

‘We need 240 people who can work March 3, 4 and 9,’ said Ex-isle’s Bev Lawley.

‘We also require a further 390 people for Sunday, March 9. You will need to be available for a costume fitting in a marquee behind the Villa Marina, times and dates to be arranged.

‘Please be advised that it will be a long day — some people will be called as early as 5am and may finish at 9pm. Overtime will be paid after 12 hours.

‘The majority of people will be required to bring some items of their costume, so please let the agency know if you have access to clothing that is suitable for the period.’

For further details contact Bev on 835100 or 415096. Alternatively register online.

All measurements, plus recent photographs — one head and shoulders and one full length — will be required.


The 630 extras in the scenes on 9 March will represent around 0.7875% of the countries population. That’s pretty amazing (and crazy).

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