THE chance of 15 minutes of fame in Angelina Jolie’s latest movie was strong enough to draw people from Muswellbrook, Sydney and the Central Coast to Quirindi yesterday and it’s not over yet.
More than 300 people registered their details to be contacted for a chance to be an extra in Unbroken, to be directed by Jolie, and for five hours the extras agents met with, measured and photographed the hopefuls at the Royal Theatre, Quirindi.
The Leader understands further interviews for extras will be held today in Werris Creek and tomorrow in Tamworth, but no further information was available at time of going to press.
Extra hopefuls filled in a form for the extras agents and will be contacted in coming weeks.
It is believed the Unbroken cast and crew will be in Werris Creek between December 7 and 16.
Two hopefuls, Jennifer Buitelaar from Muswellbrook and Caroline Lowe from Werris Creek, thought it a wonderful opportunity.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something big for Werris Creek,” Ms Lowe said.
“For the region, it’s going to be great and I think there will be a big tourist boom for Werris Creek.”
Ms Buitelaar said she was a stay-at-home mum, so wanted to do something out of the ordinary.
She said she was a fan of Jolie for her charity work, more than for her acting, but she hoped to be part of the movie.
They both said it was be great for fans of the movie to see the nice things about Werris Creek and Quirindi including the architecture of the old buildings.
Royal Theatre chairman Lorraine Reilly said the interest in the auditions was widespread and all done through Facebook.
“It was an interesting exercise,” she said.
“It’s so nice to see so many people keen to get involved.”