LIers turn out for casting call for Russell Crowe, Martin Scorsese films

Published July 14, 2012 on Newsday.com’s ‘LI Now.’

It’s raining. Water is flooding at your feet. You’re running for your life from massive rock monsters trying to beat out the mob of terrified people who also need to get onto the ark. Noah was right. And then, the ark’s gate closes.

“Spoiler alert: You won’t make it.”

At least that’s what a casting director told Mia Imbesi from Syosset at a casting call for the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film “Noah,” which is set to film on Long Island.

Imbesi, 17, was joined by hundreds of other extra hopefuls at the Greek Orthodox Church in Brookville on Saturday, where Grant Wilfley Casting, Inc. held an open casting call for “Noah” and Martin Scorsese’s latest project, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The “Noah” casting notice asked for “men and women with toned-slender runner’s bodies, who are willing to work at night in the rain,” and auditioners dressed the part. Many showed up in bright athletic tanks, running shorts and Nike sneakers.

The potential extras were sat in a room with about 200 chairs. A casting director then outlined the two films and addressed some of the specifics they’re looking for: Men should have long, scraggly hair and facial hair. Clean-cut men were advised not to get a hair cut in the next month.

Auditioners filled out an application which listed the standard questions such as name, age and address. Then there were the not-so-standard questions about tattoos, piercings and pets. Also asked with “yes” and “no” boxes: “Are you willing to do the following: Smoke on camera? Have your hair cut? Grow facial hair? Willing to work in the rain?”

After having their picture taken by casting directors, those willing to do stunt work were directed outside and given scenarios like Imbesi described.

Dolores Doman, 55, from Dix Hills, was also instructed to act as if she was being chased by massive “stone monsters,” with “terror” written all over her face. Others were also asked to mime fighting rock monsters with spears and holding a shield.

Doman had never been to a casting call, like many other hopefuls in attendance.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “It was awkward but it was a lot of fun.”

Christine Bailey, 47, of Kings Park, heard about the open call on Friday. She was most excited about the possibility to work with the all-star cast of “Noah,” which includes Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

“Who doesn’t want to meet someone called ‘Sir’?” Bailey asked.

Also hoping to get on the silver screen was David Kenneth Soller of Smithtown, who goes by his stage name “Sex” and is a serial-auditioner on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Soller, as always, was accompanied by his supportive parents. His characteristic long hair and scruff just might work in his favor for “Noah.”

The rock-monster-fighting Long Islanders will find out if they won their break into Hollywood in mid-August, when shooting of “Noah” begins in Oyster Bay.

Construction of the set is already underway. Aronosfsky tweeted a picture of a massive structure being built on Wednesday.

Source: Twitter

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