UPDATED: Are the "casting calls" for 1,000 Pinoy extras, stand-ins for The Bourne Legacy real?
On Thursday, January 5, Pinoy Facebook users started posting a "casting call" from a site called On Vacation Locations. The said announcement reads:
(UPDATE 3, Thursday, January 5, 6:52 p.m.) On Thursday, January 5, Pinoy Facebook users started posting a "casting call" from a site called On Vacation Locations. The announcement reads:
"We are casting 1000 CROWD (Class B and below - C, D, etc) for this film. pls send your profiles (name, age, height, vital stats, contact #s) and picture to : firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Deadline of submission is JANUARY 6 (Friday). MINIMUM AGE is 13years old and NO MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT. as long as he/she can walk"
"Audition for the ’BOURNE LEGACY’ Philippine shoot. We are in need of Stand-in Talents for Lead Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. Please send your picture with name, age, height and contact number to email@example.com or text 09153080403. Look for Oghie- talent coordinator."
ABS-CBNNews.com got in touch with Oghie, who is said to be affiliated with the BMX Talent Agency. When asked to confirm the casting call, he replied, "Sub-agency lang kami, yung kumontak sa amin si Arman, na isang freelance agent. Hindi pa siya nagpa-follow up sa amin. So wala pa talagang detalye. Pero marami na nga ang naga-apply (We’re a sub-agency and we were just contacted by Arman, who’s a freelance agent. He hasn’t followed up with us yet. So, there really are no details yet."
At this point, the validity of the said "casting calls" has not yet been proven. It certainly doesn’t help that the email addresses used in the annoucements are generic Web-based accounts and not company email addresses. The contact persons named in the annoucements are also just referred to by their first names. They don’t they have landlines cited either.
SPOT.ph used Google search and the results featured links to the Facebook and Multiply accounts of BMX Talent Agency. It may or may not be the same agency behind the casting call. (Click on the links and see for yourself.)
On the SPOT.ph Facebook page, user Arthur Kevin Rabago relayed a message posted on the GMA News’ official Facebook page: "According to Jun Juban, PHL producer for Bourne Legacy, the names mentioned in a website entry announcing casting calls for Pinoy extras are not part of their staff." (Rabagao’s comment is unedited. We don’t know if the Jun Juban being referred to is another person or if he is also the Nikolo Juban mentioned in the Manila Bullerin Online article cited in a SPOT.ph feed posted earlier today.)
We’re hoping somebody can shed some light on this quasi-mystery (for lack of a better word). For now, maybe fans and those with Hollywood dreams should be a little bit more cautious.
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