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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

'Pirates' casting for 'scavenger-types'

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Johnny Depp, at right in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," is back for more in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."


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April 24, WaikÔkÔ Community Center

April 25, Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall


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WANTED: Strange-looking men with odd body types, missing limbs and any other feature that normally would be more appropriate for a Halloween costume than a big-screen movie.

Those are just some of the "requirements" advertised in an open casting call for the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" movie that will be filmed this summer in Hawai'i. The film will star Johnny Depp in his fourth turn as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the popular movie series.

Sande Alessi Casting recently put out a casting call for men to play background pirates and sailors. The company also is seeking photo doubles and stand-ins and will hold auditions on O'ahu and Kaua'i next month.

The call specifies very little, except that the men have odd features and, "Do not say AARGH in your photo!"

Here are a few of the physical requirements that the movie producers are seeking:

"Looking for authentic-looking scavenger-types ... ages 18 to 60s, all ethnicities, especially extreme character types ó thin, tall, short, emaciated, odd features, huge nose, eyes, ears, lazy eye, grizzled and wrinkled faces, odd body types, missing limbs, teeth etc."

The ad said men do not have to prepare for the audition. Just bring a photo of yourself and a pen.

"We will simply have a look at you, have you fill out a registration card, attach your photo and send you on your way," the ad states. "No wigs, makeup or sunglasses in photos and please shoot it from the waist up."

On O'ahu, the casting call will be on April 24 at the Waikīkī Community Center at 10 Paoakalani Ave. The times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

On Kaua'i, the casting call will be at the Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall at 4191 Hardy St. in Līhu'e. Candidates will be seen at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Those who can't make it to the casting calls can still audition for the movie.

For more information , visit www.sandealessicasting.com.