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255Casting call for Gods and Generals

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  • rotbaron@aol.com
    Jul 18, 2001
      From HAGERSTOWN HERALD-MAIL (July 17, 2001):


      Hollywood is coming to Hagerstown in its search for actors to fill small
      speaking roles in the movie "Gods and Generals."

      A casting call will be conducted Thursday through Saturday at Hagerstown
      Community College's Kepler Theater, Casting Director Joy Todd said.

      Todd is looking for about 50 "day players" for the movie, which is to be
      filmed this fall in Washington County. She said actors selected might have
      only one line, or one day of work. They will be paid. Most of the roles are
      for trim men between the ages of 18 and 50, she said. They'll be asked to
      read from the script and should bring a nonreturnable recent picture and
      resume. It's helpful, but not required, to belong to a union such as the
      Screen Actors Guild, she said.

      Filming of "Gods and Generals" is scheduled to begin Aug. 28. For the first 2
      1/2 weeks, the company will film scenes depicting the battles of Manassas and
      Lexington in Staunton, Va., and Lexington, Va., said Dennis Frye, a local
      historian and associate producer of the movie. Through early December, the
      rest of the film will be shot in and around Washington County, he said.
      Locations have been chosen, but the movie company is still negotiating with
      property owners, he said.

      Director Ronald Maxwell has not announced details about who will star in the
      film and what company is backing it financially. His movie company has
      established an office at 16232 Elliott Parkway, near Williamsport, in space
      rented from Washington County government.

      The casting call is separate from a nationwide search for re-enactors to
      serve as extras. About 4,000 re-enactors have signed up to participate. They
      have until
      Aug. 15 to apply through the Web site www.godsandgenerals.com, Frye said.
      "We've had absolutely no difficulty recruiting quality re-enactors," he said.

      Background extras will not be paid. In exchange for their service, Maxwell
      has offered to donate up to $1 million toward battlefield preservation.

      The movie will depict the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg in July