Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 11:05
“Iron Man 3,” which will begin filming in Wilmington this summer, held an open casting call for extras Saturday, Apr. 21 at Independence Mall. The casting call was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and many UNCW students jumped at the chance of being on the big screen or just making some extra money this summer.
“Iron Man 3” will be using the sound stages at Screen Gems Studios, and the Tona B. DahlquistCasting Company is in charge of hiring extras for the production. They are looking for people of every type, age, race, gender, etc. Extras will mostly be used in large crowd scenes, but some may be used for background talent.
Kerri Robinson, a sophomore at UNCW, shared her experience of working as an extra on a production here in Wilmington. She was an extra on “One Tree Hill” last semester and according to her, the process should be similar for “Iron Man 3.”
"First they had us fill out a form with our name and other information for payment purposes. After that, we got to have snacks and wait for the stylist to come around and check our outfits and tell us which one to wear. When we were finally ready, we had to wait about three hours before we were even needed for a scene. Luckily, they made up for the waiting with the delicious dinner. It was nice to have my friends with me or I would have been bored,” said Robinson.
Robinson expressed that it would be fun to try and be an extra again. Her previous experience was positive, but she thinks this would be different.
‘“Iron Man 3” will probably have way more extras. A much bigger crowd will be needed for certain scenes. Also, being in a movie might be different from a TV series, because the actors and camera crew are new to each other," said Robinson.