Stone Recruiting for New Vietnam Film

December 5, 2007

Stone Recruiting for New Vietnam Film

The Commerical Appeal  |  November 08, 2007

Memphis, Tenn. – Oliver Stone is looking for a few good Memphians.And if he finds them, the Oscar-winning director of “Platoon” will not only put them in his new Vietnam War movie with Bruce Willis but also fly them to Thailand at Christmastime for six to eight weeks of paid-room-and-board-plus-salary- and-some-expenses filmmaking.

Men ages 20-50 who think they could portray a soldier in Stone’s “Pinkville” are invited to a casting call at FedExForum from 1 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Willis will play an Army general investigating the 1968 My Lai massacre, in which American Ssoldiers killed several hundred unarmed Vietnamese civilians.

Winsome Sinclair, head of Winsome Sinclair & Associates, the New York casting agency that is handling the event, said Tuesday that public auditions will be held only in New York and Memphis, so interested Mid-Southerners have a good chance of joining Stone’s army.

Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler said the event could be “huge,” and even outdraw the 2005 open casting call at The Pyramid for “Black Snake Moan,” which attracted some 1,400 hopefuls. She said 2,000 or more people could show up.

Sinclair said up to 50 “soldiers” from New York and Memphis will be selected for “featured extra” roles. Featured extras receive more screen time than extras. What’s more, “Oliver Stone is known for giving people he likes a line, even if it’s not in the script,” Sinclair said.

Stone is seeking white, African-American and Hispanic actors – people with “a 1960s look,” Sinclair said. “The director thought Memphis was a great place to go and look, and he knew the type of people he could find there – the physical type, the way the men carry themselves …”

Stone was familiar with the city because he was a producer of “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” a 1996 film with Woody Harrelson shot mostly in Memphis.

In addition, Sinclair said she told the director about the good experience the company had in Memphis in August of 2005, when it organized a public casting for Craig Brewer’s “Black Snake Moan” at The Pyramid.

Men interested in being cast in “Pinkville” should bring a recent headshot or snapshot and a passport that doesn’t expire for at least the next six months.

Sitler said the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, will work to expedite passport processing for anyone cast in the film who doesn’t have one.

“We try to help the film industry when we can,” Cohen said. ” The more we can help the film industry, which has become an important part of our economy, the more people know Memphis …”

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