JFK film to re­count hospi­tal as­pects

Park­land

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - D So­ci­ated PRESS

John­son look-alike (read: tall, 50- to 65-year-old, clas­sic Texan look), a 60some­thing Cau­casian male to play a preacher and Cau­casian men ages 30 to 55, prefer­ably with po­lice, mil­i­tary or fire­fight­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, to play Dal­las Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers and FBI agents. The speak­ing roles pay $872 a day.

They will also be cast­ing a host of non­speak­ing roles for peo­ple of all ages and eth­nic­i­ties. Non­speak­ing roles pay $8.25 an hour. For a list of the non­speak­ing roles, visit Austin360.com/ movieblog. Those in­ter­ested in non­speak­ing roles can sign up at MyCast­ingFile.com.

The movie star­ring Billy Bob Thorn­ton and Paul Gia­matti takes place in real-time and re­counts the chaotic scene at Park­land Hospi­tal in Dal­las on the day of the Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion. Ex­clu­sive Me­dia and Play­tone are pro­duc­ing the film based on Vin­cent Bugliosi’s book, “Re­claim­ing His­tory: The As­sas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy.” The film, which has been ru­mored for years, is ex­pected to be re­leased around the time of the 50th an­niver­sary of the as­sas­si­na­tion.

Austin Film Com­mis­sion Di­rec­tor Gary Bond, who was a spec­ta­tor at Kennedy’s mo­tor­cade in 1963, says the pro­duc­tion coming to Austin is good news for the state and city.

“It’s a pretty ... big deal, in terms of (the movie) be­ing made at all,” Bond said. “Even bet­ter that it’s be­ing made in Texas and even bet­ter still that it’s be­ing made in the town I’m liv­ing in right now. I was priv­i­leged to be sort of in on it from early on. There were a lot of pro­pos­als to do it in a lot of dif­fer­ent places, but Austin of­fers enough in the way of crew and lo­ca­tions that they felt like they could do it here fi­nally. So, good.”

The cast­ing call for “Park­land” will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day at the Clar­ion Inn & Suites (2200 I-35). For more in­for­ma­tion, email brock­allen­cast­ing@gmail.com or call the Brock/Allen Cast­ing Of­fice at 992-1956.

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