Extra’s hair today, gone tomorrow

EXTRAS gearing up to feature in Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken could get more than they bargained for, with the star’s casting agents making some unusual requests.

Jamie-Lee Hird was over the moon when she got a call from production staff earlier this week telling her she had nabbed a spot in the film.

But her joy quickly turned to gloom when head casting agent Archer Blackbury phoned her back asking her if she would chop off her long hair.

“Morgan (Smallbone) rang to say I was in the film and then Archer rang back and asked if I’d cut my hair to my shoulders,” she said.

The 19-year-old admitted she was initially “quite upset” by the news and even shed a few silent tears.

“I hope if I’m cutting off all my hair that I’ll get a bit more than five seconds on film,” she laughed.

“One of my best friends’ sisters has longer hair than me and she didn’t get asked to do that.”

The Quirindi resident, who has not sported a short haircut since primary school, ultimately decided to go ahead with the cut.

“It’s just hair but I’ll only be in a movie once,” she said.

The university student believes her locks will be cut during hair and makeup on December 16.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” she said.

“I don’t think it will until it’s actually gone and I reach for my hair and nothing’s there.”

Another extra was given an even more daunting request, however – to shave her hair – “for a concentration camp scene, apparently,” Ms Hird said.

Extras whose hair features foils or streaks were also asked to alter their look.

“No one’s to have dyed hair,” Ms Hird said.

“If you have foils or streaks they have to dye it back to your natural eyebrow colour. They didn’t really have (foils or streaks) back then (in the 1930s).” 

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