Paramount has put out a casting call for extras to appear in J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie.
Ok, I'm sorry but this just cracked me up... no, not the fact that the Star Trek 11 production is looking for extras, but their description of what sort of people they're looking for.
The call sheet lists descriptions of people ranging all the way from your average, on the street Joe Blow... to the type of people that get selected by bouncers to enter exclusive nightclubs in L.A.:
...ultra plain-looking people, ultra perfect-looking people...
But wait... in addition to that they're apparently looking for folks who could just as easily apply for a remake of the 1932 movie Freaks:
Talent with interesting and unique facial features such as: long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehead, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformities, ... emaciated talent ... or other visually unique characteristics.
I'd hate to be on the team that had to sit through the casting process on this one since apparently every person on the face of the Earth between the ages of 18 and 70 qualifies. :-)
Here's the full description of what they're looking for:
Ages 18-70, any ethnicity: to play Cadets: young, fresh-faced, Military types: marching experience preferred, thin, regal talent with BROWN or BLACK hair AND are OK with their eyebrows being shaved from the arch outward to portray a Vulcan-type eyebrow shape.
Talent with interesting and unique facial features such as: long necks, small heads, extremely large heads, wide-set eyes, bug eyes, close-set eyes, large forehead, short upper lip, pronounced cheekbones, over- or undersized ears and/or nose, facial deformities, ultra plain-looking people, ultra perfect-looking people, pure wholesome looks, twins, triplets, emaciated talent, regally poised and postured talent, or other visually unique characteristics.
Oh, wait... there's also this:
Everyone must be thin, athletic, fit
Oops, sorry, that narrows down the field considerably here in the U.S. That means that two thirds of the population is ineligible.
So if you're reasonably fit, either incredibly average-looking, god-like in your handsomeness or beauty, or are the type of person who was picked on incessantly in high school, head on over here this Saturday, November 10th between 2:30 & 5PM:
3108 W. Magnolia Blvd.Burbank, CA 91505(across from Pinocchio's Restaurant)
If you do actually decide to go, please stop back by here and share your experience with us. :-)
On a side note, the description above certainly seems to indicate that there may be at least some Starfleet Academy footage shown in the movie, which contradicts what I was told a couple of weeks ago.