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Friday, January 16, 2009

"It's Clooney Chaos!"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Yes, George Clooney is coming to St. Louis to film Up in the Air and yes, the producers are looking for extras, and yes, you, St. Louisans, can get involved.

Casting director Joni Tackette will be searching for approximately 2,100 paid extras in an open call at the Crestwood Court Mall on January 24th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and January 25th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All potential extras should be 18 or older and bring a recent color snapshot and a pen. More details and a downloadable application are on the Missouri Film Commission's website.

Shooting will go on for about eight weeks starting in early March at such exciting locations as St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. Workdays can last as long as twelve hours. Tackette claims it ranks right up there with jury duty on the excitement level. Extras will be paid $56.40 per day, plus overtime. No word on whether compensation also includes meeting George Clooney, or at the very least, being able to gaze at him adoringly.

Sharon Tucci, a local talent agent and owner of Talent Plus, has been so besieged by phone calls from her actor clients and her clients' friends and neighbors that she's had to recharge her BlackBerry every hour. Yesterday she received a headshot from Germany, via DHL Overnight. But she's more excited than annoyed.

"I'm so curious, I'm going to the auditions myself," she says. "It's Clooney chaos, totally!"

Official press release after the jump:

Think you oughta be in pictures?

On January 24 and 25, producers will be recruiting extras for the new movie Up In The Air, starring George Clooney, to be filmed around St. Louis in March and April. It is expected that up to 2,100 adults will be chosen for the minimum-age gig.

The casting call will take place at the Crestwood Court Mall on Watson Road. The hours are Saturday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Further details and a downloadable application form are available from the Missouri Film Commission website at

Applicants should bring the form, a recent color snapshot and a pen. No acting experience or special clothing is necessary, but applicants must be over 18.

Joni Tackette, the St. Louis-based casting director, said that successful applicants will be notified in February. She said that those who are chosen will earn $56.40 for an eight-hour day and that overtime is likely.

Tackette cautioned that being a movie extra can be tedious. It's like jury duty, but with a chance to be on camera, she said.

Much of the shooting will take place at Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

In Up in the Air, Clooney plays a man who travels around the country to terminate corporate employees. The director is Jason Reitman, whose previous film was the Oscar-nominated comedy Juno.

--Joe Williams

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