Need a job? OK, maybe it’s not permanent employment. And you have to be a rugged looking man, and you have to try out. But if you get picked you could be in the movies and earn a few bucks as an actor.
If you’d like to be an extra in a Hollywood movie, now is your chance. A casting director for the Denzel Washington film, “Unstoppable,” is in Canton.
Billy Dowd, who has found extras for five previous Denzel films, will hold a casting call Wednesday at the McKinley Grand Hotel. The extras are needed for a scene to be filmed at the rail yard in Brewster from Aug. 29 through September 4.
“I need about 50 men. They’ll all be playing railroad workers. Age 20-60,” Dowd said. “I need all types, but a little bit rugged. I’ll know the look when I see it.”
Dowd prefers to hire men able to work the whole week.
“We like that for continuity,” Dowd said. “These six days of filming will become just one scene.”
Interested men can show up at the first floor of the McKinley Grand, 320 Market Ave. S., between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to meet Dowd and have a photo taken.
“They’ll fill out a form, basic information and special abilities, like can they drive a fork lift, a truck, heavy equipment. That would be a plus.”
Dowd will put the photos on a board and review them with director Tony Scott to find the “right mix of characters.”
If you are selected, will you be rubbing shoulders with Denzel? Probably not. But you may catch a glimpse of him or costar Chris Pine, who played Captain Kirk in the recent Stark Trek movie. Both will be in Brewster for at least part of the filming for a scene from the movie about a runaway train.
Will you get rich? Not really. This gig pays minimum wage.
“I look at it this way— if someone doesn’t have a job, why not make $100 a day doing something different?” Dowd said.
Extras must be prepared to work sunup to sundown. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.
“We tell them to bring a book,” Dowd warned. “They may have to sit and wait for long periods.”
Members of the filming crew started arriving in Stark County Monday.
“There will probably be about 250 people coming in. We’re at every hotel in this area — wherever they could find rooms for us.”
Before arriving in Canton, Dowd’s last job was casting extras in Boston for “The Company Men,” starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner.
“I like going on the road,” Dowd said. “In L.A. or New York, you get your “professional” extras. I like getting into the rest of the country, meeting interesting people. I especially like finding the aspiring actors looking for a little experience.”