Next! The casting process
“A director or a producer will get in touch with us,” Ros Hubbard explains.
“They send us the You learn not to get over-excited about any project until you’re read the script. You ring back as quickly as you can, because it’s extremely competitive. If you like it, you accept it. If you don’t, you say you’re very busy. You try not to say you don’t like it because it’s very emotional and you might want to work with that person again.
“We break down the script and make suggestions for the
If it’s a big studio film, there’s usually a big star attached already, such as Matt Damon on Between John, Dan and me, we see probably every film that comes out, so we know everybody’s work. We draw up a shortlist and ask the producer or director to put them in the order of one to six. If you have the two leads in place, you can get on with the rest of the casting, which is a lot easier. We put the ideas out on
the casting paper that’s now on the net, and you get all your submissions overnight. You go through acres of them. Then we send the script and we expect the actors to know it when they come in for even if it’s after only one night with the script.
“We do a usually in the meeting room of our building in London.
are sometimes done in a studio, but they’re stopping that because it costs so much money and budgets are getting tighter. Sometimes the director is present, or else will be there when we do re-calls.”
What does she look for when an actor walks in to an audition? “Probably energy, but without overacting. You have to feel that vitality in them.
“Even if it’s a miserably quiet part, I have to feel that steel fibre in them. And when they’re reading, I love to get that tingle in the back of my neck, when I know they’re right for the part.
“I once tried to give up casting and do gardening or producing, but I missed that moment in the room when the actors hit the spot. It does start from the door.”
What’s the best advice she has for actors? “ thoroughly if you can get your hands on it. If you can’t get the script, talk to the assistant in the casting office and find out as much as you can about the story. From the very beginning, before you’re even invited to audition for anything, I would advise going to a very good drama school. You won’t be good unless it’s in you, but you will have all the tricks and techniques that are needed.”
The jury from
RTÉ’s Hollywood Trials: Ros Hubbard,
Margie Haber and Declan Lowney