Crowded New Moon auditions leave some hopefuls in tears

Open casting for the new Twilight movie, New Moon, took place in Vancouver on Sunday, where hundreds of people stood in line in the cold hoping for a part in the film. Casting was announced a few weeks ago on Craigslist, where a post asked for actors who were “first nations/aboriginal actors and actresses between the ages of 15 and 25 available to film between March and May.” Some of the people interviewed in line had flown in from as far as Florida. Some of the hopefuls were there because they were fans of the Twilight series, and others were dragged along by their friends. But as 12:30 pm, the auditions were cut short, and no more people were allowed to see the casting directors. Needless to say, people were not happy about this.

Tears and arguments broke out Sunday as hundreds of first nations teenagers from all over North America were turned away from a casting call for New Moon, the sequel to last year’s vampiric blockbuster Twilight.

Some of the young people, who had flown in from as far away as Florida, began lining up as early as 5 a.m. at Second Avenue Studios in Vancouver’s Main Street area.

So when casting assistants told the crowd at 12:30 p.m. that no more people would be allowed in the building, the hundreds left outside were heartbroken.

Some even turned on those who had barely made it through, hurling accusations of cutting in line.

Rosanna Razor, 22, was one of the disappointed fans who didn’t get a chance to meet the casting director.

“It sucks,” she said. “I was here since 9 a.m. I came up from Seattle.”

The crowd flooded to the open casting call as a result of ads posted on Craigslist a few weeks ago for “any first nations/aboriginal actors and actresses between the ages of 15 and 25” available to film between March and May.

New Moon, based on the second book in the Twilight series, follows the main character Bella and her time spent with friend and Quileute Jacob Black on the La Push reservation in northern Washington.

[from Times Colonist]

“It’s definitely a good turnout.” What did they expect? They schedule an open casting call after the Twilight/Hot Topic debacle and think that only a few people will show up? They don’t say in the article why they had to cut the auditions short – they only lasted a few hours, which isn’t very long. Then again, I was not doing mob control. There may have been security concerns at play. Vancouver is definitely the Hollywood of Canada, but that doesn’t mean that they’re equipped for hundreds of people descending on one sidewalk for an entire day. But for those who are Twilight fans and were able to show up at the auditions – whether they got in or not – this must have been a fun experience, even if it ended in disappointment.

For those of you who are curious: some of the people waiting in line figured out that the dialogue given in the audition scripts was between Bella and Embry at the bottom of page 327 in New Moon.

Header image is a still from Twilight. Photo below is from the Vancouver Sun.

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  1. Enonymous says:

    Most of those people in the picture are fug to the bone, their friends need to pull each of them aside and tell them they actually need to be quite attractive to be in films.

  2. Sue D. Nimm says:

    Enonymous: go be bitchy and superficial somewhere else.

    Anyway, why the hell would they close the auditions so early? Imagine having to go all the way from Florida to Canada and basically be told that they’re just closing.

  3. Enonymous says:

    Excuse me Sue D. Nimm, how about you mind your own business and don’t told tell other people what to say.

  4. Enonymous says:

    PS. This site is called celeBITCHY, that tells you right there the purpose of this blog.

  5. me says:

    F*CK twilight. stupid, selfish money seeking people making this movie. i will NOT see new moon. those poor people.

  6. Heather says:

    Enonymous- I’m with you. Sorry Sue! It’s just realistic to expect a certain level of physical attractiveness from actors/ actresses. The industry is shallow.

  7. dude wtf says:

    I mean honestly did all of those people really think that they would get to audition? It would take them 2 days straight to interview/audition all of them. I mean get real. Thats a part of the business,

  8. Baholicious says:

    Actually, it is more accurate to say Toronto is the Hollywood of Canada given the Toronto Film Festival. A lot of filming is done in Vancouver but also in Toronto because of its greater resemblance to U.S. cities.

    Enonymous: you realize you’ve just insulted an entire race of people, right? Or is it just this crop of First Nations people that applied are “fug” while all the “acceptable” ones stayed home in your opinion?

    Heather: You haven’t seen much cinema, have you? You’re confusing actors/actresses with movie stars.

  9. Enonymous says:

    Baholicious, how exactly have I insulted an entire race of people? I just said that judging from the PHOTO ABOVE, those group of people in the picture are not attractive enough to be in films. It might sound harsh but its true, especially when the film they are auditioning for is itself concentrating and relying on their actors appearances to appeal to people for the movie to succeed.

  10. Baholicious says:

    Enonymous, don’t you know what the hours in hair and make-up are for? The Beautiful People don’t arrive at the set looking like how you see them on screen you know.

  11. Flatbellydance says:

    Here, here, Baholicious. Excellent responses.

  12. voodoobetty says:

    I agree that most of the people in that picture are definitely FUG and no near attractive enough to be considered for film work.

    Bahole why must you and other people always make comments by others to be racist? I see a very mixed group of fug people in that picture! Fug is fug no matter what race you are.

  13. Emily says:

    Yeah plus it’s a candid shot of people waiting outside bored in the cold. I don’t expect anyone to be dressed to the nines and camera ready. Unless you’re Mariah Carey or Victoria Beckham.

  14. Enonymous says:

    Baholicious, lets be honest, even makeup artist and hair stylist can’t do much if the person is complete unattractive face and body wise. They need to have something to work with. They need to have the right features and body shape and being short, chubby with a around face is not part of it.

  15. Baholicious says:

    Voodoobetty: Considering the casting call was SPECIFICALLY for First Nations/Aboriginal peoples and someone drops a ‘pantload’ on them, why the heck wouldn’t anyone with eyes that can read view it as racist, hmm? I gave Enonymous the benefit of the doubt, albeit snarkily, by asking whether all the ‘beautiful Indians’ stayed home.

    And see my post re: hours in hair and make-up. Feel free to add lighting to that too while I’m at it.

  16. Baholicious says:

    Enonymous, have you heard of Danny deVito? He’s quite popular I understand *wink*

  17. Just Amanda says:

    First, It does seem strange that people would be so dissapointed that the auditions ended at 12:30. It doesn’t seem very business savy to audition every person that showed up. Also, this was a craigslist add, for Vancouver. No one forced those people to drive or fly there. It was their own need to be a part of that whole money making machine.

    Second, I really agree with Baho – although sometimes I think things can get a little sensitive around here, saying that the people in the picture are too “fug” to be in a movie does seem racism. The casting call was for young First Nations peoples. This picture is almost exclusively of young First Nations peoples. You called everyone in that picture fugly, it is essentially the same as looking at a picture of any other ethnicity and stating that they are also “fugly”. It may not be meant that way, but the words and sentence structure you used made it seem that way.

    Oh and voodoobetty – way to have the mentality of a 10 year old. Bahole? oh so clever.

  18. Codzilla says:

    I hate myself for clicking on that Twilight/Hot Topic link.

  19. Enonymous says:

    Well, last time I checked, Danny deVito was not auditioning for the Twilight movies. The movies were looks are a necessity rather the acting talent.

    Besides, Danny deVito always seemed to embrace the fact that he was the ugly-short-fat but funny guy.

    As for the racism thing, Baholicious took it too far because, speaking for myself, I was talking about the people just in the picture above not the whole race, so lets drop it and move on. Fact is that the people in the photo are not perpendicularly good looking, that is not to say that all the others who auditioned were the same, I am sure there were plenty who fit the specifications that the producers might have been looking for. However, most people in the photo above are fug.

  20. CB Rawks says:

    There are plenty of actors who are weird and ugly and it’s really their “thing”. They fill that niche.
    So of course it depends what is needed for the particular movie, and this being a fluff-piece teenybopper film, we would expect everyone to look like Saved By The Bell.

  21. Enonymous says:

    UGH. I mean particularly not perpendicularly.

  22. Baholicious says:

    Just Amanda: It’s BAHO. If your misspelling was intentional, which I fully suspect it was, you should apologize to Voodoobetty for saying she has the mentality of a 10 year-old because clearly that’s the level you’re operating at.

    One thing I hate is people who frig around and think they’re being cute with maiming other people’s handles.

    You might not like what I say or how I say it, but I won’t f*ck with someone’s name.

  23. Baholicious says:

    Of course, if it wasn’t intentional, I apologize. The edit function is non-existent, I wanted to make some changes and couldn’t. It doth blow.

  24. Syko says:

    Have any of you ever seen some of our supposedly gorgeous movie stars without makeup? Most aren’t that great looking, it’s the makeup and stylists that make them beautiful. Those people in that picture look just fine to me.

  25. Musey says:

    Baho, Voodoobetty was the one who called you ‘Bahole.’ Just Amanda was defending you, not calling you that herself.

  26. Heather says:

    Baho- right you are. I should have said celebs/ movie stars are expected to have a certain level of attractiveness. I didn’t think that New Moon particularly fit into the cinema category. And considering this is a celebrity gossip site, I think it’s safe to assume we’re talking about movie stars 99.9% of the time. But hey, thanks for putting me in my place.

  27. G. says:

    Who really cares? It’s TWILIGHT.

  28. Cari says:

    I, for one, am getting tired of the nitpicking in these threads lately.

    Baho, I think you are very clever with most of your posts, but seriously, are you PMSing lately?

    Before anyone attacks me (and I’m sure it’s going to happen), I absolutely get what the site’s name is, and I’ll keep reading the posts because I like the site. But isn’t it supposed to be b*tching ABOUT the celebs and not shredding the other posters?

    Not having seen the movie or any clips, I personally think the guy with the dreds is a good-looking guy, just judging from that pic alone.

  29. Diva says:

    Baho is ABSOLUTELY correct.

    When I looked at that picture the first thing that came to my mind was “Wow, there’s so many Indians there it looks like council meeting!” Because THAT’S who (most) of those people there are. I WAS actually offended by Enonymous and Heather’s carpet statement that a group of Native people were all “fug to the bone”. Tell me how that’s different than everyone’s villification of Prince Harry’s comment?????

    Maybe a couple of you should read the books. It takes place on and near the Quileute Reservation… a group of people standing outside the Tribal Center in LaPush would look just about like that picture up there.

  30. Jenna says:

    So more and more people want to sparkle? Has anyone else noticed that almost the entire crowd in that one picture is nothing but crazed fangirls? That’s just sad. I just haven’t see the first movie and I do not care to at all. I’d much rather watch a marathon of Buffy or Angel versus Meyer’s Twilight.

  31. Jenna says:

    And Baho, I do indeed love you for this thread posting.

  32. Baholicious says:

    Whoops – Thanks Musey and sorry to J Amanda. Voodoobetty can go stick some pins in a Baho doll for all I care.

    And no Cari, not PMS’ing. I haven’t been sleeping well. Makes me extra prickly.

  33. Just Amanda says:

    Thanks Baholicious, I was defending you, I kinda thought that was clear.

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