'X' marks the spot for star-struck tryouts
By Kyle Hopkins
News of the project--and filmmakers' plans to cast dozens of Alaskans in speaking roles, if possible--have stirred Hollywood dreams in would-be actors across the state and beyond. More than 1,000 people have e-mailed or called in hopes of winning speaking parts or extras work, said Deborah Schildt, one of two Alaska casting directors.
On Friday, Schildt saw about 20 kids for the role of an Inupiaq boy, about 10 to 13 years old. Two children arrived from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village of Chevak. One from Bethel. On Sunday, the casting directors were looking mostly at an Alaska Native elder and whaling captain roles.
"There are some things that were not exactly right in some of the lines that were given. Some misperceptions of some small details," he said after the audition.
Below: "Teddy Smith auditioned Sunday, June 20, 2010, for a part in the movie Everybody Loves Whales, set to start filming this fall in Alaska." (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News)