Now you may be a face in the crowd

Extras: Gene Hackman-Keanu Reeves football comedy seeks hundreds of bodies for filming in Baltimore.

July 01, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

"The Replacements," a comedy about the 1987 NFL strike starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman that will begin filming in Baltimore Aug. 9, needs warm bodies.

The Warner Bros. production will hold an open casting call on July 10 and 17 for extras, who will work -- for pay -- during the entire three-month production.

"We're looking for every type," said Lisa S. Beasley, crowd promotion producer for "The Replacements." "We're not looking for children at this point, but we are looking for men and women, from ages 18 to 80, of all races. We want these people to come, bring a recent snapshot and a pen."

Beasley plans to cast 300 to 500 extras to play "permanent fans" when they film in Ravens Stadium for six to eight weeks. "They will be there every day, and they could work five days a week for those eight weeks," she said. "They'll be everything from cheerleaders to coaches to fans to police officers." The cheerleaders will start cheerleader camp on July 19. Everyone is free to come to the casting call, said Beasley, adding, quirky looks are being encouraged.

On July 10, the casting call will take place at Gate A at Ravens Stadium from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Park in lots B and C. On July 17, the call will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at a location to be determined.

Gridiron stars will have their shot at the big time on July 12 and 13, when "The Replacements" will hold auditions for players. "These are for football players only," stressed Beasley. "Candidates should have college or professional football experience. They can no longer have NCAA eligibility, and they must be in shape to play real contact football on camera." Practice begins July 19.

The football player audition will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 12 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 13 at the Omni Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. For more information for football players, call 410-545-3244.

On Aug. 14 and 15, the production will need 20,000 people to fill Ravens Stadium each day. While these extras won't be paid, prizes will be raffled off, and entertainers will be on hand to keep the crowd occupied during filming.

Beasley said one reason "The Replacements" came to Baltimore is the city is known for its screen-friendly crowds.

"I know it's going to be hot," Beasley said, "but we'll do everything we can to make everybody comfortable and happy."

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Pub Date: 7/01/99

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