Ahoy Matey! Thousands try for roles in Disney's next "Pirate" film


POSTED: Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thousands lined up, some of them as early as 2 a.m., in front of the Waikiki Community Center to apply as extras for “;Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”;

The line went down the street and wrapped around the block and continued to grow well into the afternoon after Sande Alessi Casting of California started early yesterday morning in its call for hundreds of extras in the fourth installment of the Disney action-adventure film series starring Johnny Depp.

Another casting call will be held at the Kauai War Memorial Conventional Hall in Lihue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, seeks men to play pirates, sailors and stand-ins, including authentic-looking scavenger types ages 18 to 60 of all ethnicities. It seeks men who are thin, tall, short or emaciated as well as those with huge noses, lazy eyes, grizzled and wrinkled faces, odd body types and missing limbs and teeth.

No acting experience is necessary, according to the casting crew. As a matter of fact, one of the main characters in an earlier “;Pirates”; film worked at a video shop. He had just the right look and attitude to fit the part of a Black Pearl pirate.

Scanning the crowd, casting director Sande Alessi was pleased with the turnout and confident she would be able to fill the film's needs from Hawaii.

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“;This is the most piratey place I've ever seen,”; said Mick Gallagher, who played a pirate in previous films and was assisting with casting. “;Some of them are ready—they don't even need hair and makeup.”;

Gallagher is now starring as Sky Masterson in “;Guys & Dolls”; at Diamond Head Theatre.

Some who showed up yesterday dressed as pirates, while others simply came as themselves, in board shorts and tank tops.

Paul Griffith, a retiree who flew in from Makawao, Maui, said he would just try out as himself. With a four-leaf clover tattooed on his forehead, he figured he might fit the look producers were seeking.

Harley Davidson riders showed up, with bandannas and chains, as well as surfers Bali Joe and Louie Ferreira, who both said they've worked with Oscar-winning movie producer Brian Grazer on the North Shore.

Joe, who grew out his hair to look more piratey, said he just worked on “;Soul Surfer”; on the North Shore. Ferreira is a surf coach and water stuntsman.

Extras were required to submit a photo and fill out information on their height, weight and availability, and whether they were OK with partial or full nudity. To work, extras will need either a Social Security number or passport.

Wages will be paid according to Screen Actors Guild guidelines.

Jim Wilson, 35, of Diamond Head, applied on a whim after learning of the gig from his next-door neighbor, Said Bakrim, 35, who worked as an extra in “;Lost”; numerous times.

Wilson is a union glazer who recently finished work on the Waikiki Trump Tower in Waikiki and is now between jobs.

Alex Raptis, 47, a longshoreman from Seattle, flew in to give the “;Pirates”; film a shot. He's visiting his cousin, who lives in Waikiki.

“;You get to play in the water, throw people around and get paid for it,”; he said.

Raptis already has long, gray hair and a beard, but to look more piratey, he rolled up his pants and put on a belt.

Qualified extras will be called back for auditions on Kauai and Oahu from April 29 to 31.

No women were sought in this round, though there are some rumors that the film will be looking for strong swimmers to play mermaids in the near future.

The “;Pirates”; film will be shot on Kauai and Oahu this summer, wrapping up some time in August. The film is slated for release in summer 2011.