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Your next chance to be a star coming next week

October 17, 2013


Oct. 17--NATCHEZ -- Locals hoping to catch a glimpse of themselves on the silver screen in the upcoming biographical film about James Brown's life will have another chance to sign up to be extras in the movie.

A second casting call for "Get On Up" will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 on the second floor of the Natchez Council Chambers at 115 S. Pearl St.

Casting Director Tammy Smith said she was splitting up the casting call so those who were not able to make it one day might be able to make it to the other one.

The film previously had a casting call Sept. 21. Smith said she has not yet begun to book people, but those who came to the earlier event are still being considered for parts.

"This (new casting call) is not because we are not going to use the people who came before -- this is for more people," Smith said. "This is to give the people who didn't know about it the first time a chance to come by. This one will almost be bigger than the last one."

Smith said she needs more extras because not every person will be available for days they might be needed, and the film still needs men, women and children of all ages and races.

"This film is a history from 1938 to 1993," she said. "It is a slice-of-life movie about all the eras, and we need all people."

Those who are selected as extras will be paid $64 for eight hours with an eight-hour guarantee, with overtime for work beyond eight hours. A normal film day is 12 hours or more.

Going to the casting call does not require people to stay all day, Smith said.

"This is like an open house," she said. "It doesn't take much time for them to come in and fill out the form, and we will take their picture. We try to make it easy, because a lot of people will be stopping by during their lunch break."

Though all types of people are needed, Smith is looking for a few specific sets of people as well:

-White men and women between the ages of 35 and 80 for a country club scene set in the 1940s.

-Black male musicians ages 21-40 to be featured as extras musicians.

-Black female dancers aged 18-35 to be featured as backup singers.

-Black men and women of all ages for church and concert scenes.

-Black and white men and women ages 14 to 30 for school and concert scenes.

-Black boys ages 9 to 11.

-Attractive white men and women for a scene set in Hollywood in 1964.

-Military men of all ethnicities between the ages of 18 and 35 for a scene set during the Vietnam War.

Because the film spans several decades with the majority of the story taking place before 1975, both men and women are encouraged to allow their hair to start growing so it can be long enough to be styled to portray the correct period.

Those who own a vehicle manufactured between 1930 and 1993 will also be asked to list the color, year, make and model on their application. Smith said the film crew is looking for vehicles to include in different scenes across the decades.

For other information about the casting call, visit or

"Get On Up" will be director Tate Taylor's follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated film "The Help." It will star Chadwick Bowman of "42," and will portray the life of soul legend James Brown from his childhood through the early 1990s.


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