CLEVELAND – Hollywood has made its way to Ohio once again.
Thousands of people stood out in rain and chilly weather Friday and Saturday, hoping to be cast as an extra in Marvel’s upcoming film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
“I didn’t care what the weather was. I know Captain America was really popular, so I thought it’d be fun to go to the casting,” said Jill Dixon of Stow. “I met a lot of great people and just had a good time.”
An additional casting call will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Cuyahoga County Community College. It will be at the Unified Technologies Center on the Metro Campus, 2415 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland.
For those interested in a role, there are a few important things to know:
- The role is paid. Extras earn $80 for eight hours of work. Overtime is paid for any time beyond that. You are also fed on set.
- You must have a flexible schedule. Often, you won’t be told specifics on your shoot until days before.
- You must be 18 or older. Parents: if you have children (ages 9 to 17) that are interested in being an extra, you can attend the casting call on their behalf. Bring a casual snapshot of your child.
- Bring a pen. You will fill out paperwork.
- Dress in business attire and be well-groomed for a picture. Keep in mind that your picture is taken from the waist up. No fancy shoes necessary.
- Expect a long wait, just like you would on set. On Friday, some people waited three to four hours to get to the front of the line. Bring entertainment with you.
Ohio actor Eric Thornsberry of Columbus says above all, you need to have a positive attitude at the casting call.
“Ignore people who bring you down,” he said. “The casting directors want to see a piece of your personality. Not just what you look like, but who you are and how you are.”
The Winter Soldier is set to film this May and June, according to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.
It will likely be the largest project to come to the area this summer, said Ivan Schwarz, president of the GCFC.