Hairy extras at Game of Thrones casting

Published Monday, 04 July 2011
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Hundreds of hairy TV hopefuls turned out in Belfast on Monday to audition for a part in the second series of HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones.

The show is set to return to Northern Ireland for filming later this year, after the first series was shot in locations across the region in 2010.

The series is set in medieval times, so the call put out by producers was for men with long beards - and there was no shortage of them at Monday's casting at the Holiday Inn off the Ormeau Road.

For many fans the motivation was the chance to appear on screen alongside the stars of the blockbuster's highly anticipated next series.

Others were searching for fame and fortune, some simply "something different to do."

Also in demand were experienced farmhands, blacksmiths, swordfighters, people with military experience, and archers - with a number of candidates even bringing along their own archery gear.

The open session was organised by Extras NI. Carla Mercer, who started the organisation four years ago, described the turnout as "the stuff of dreams".

"There have been some amazing faces here today," she told UTV.

"Lots of beards, lots of long hair, lots of big, strong tough guys that are going to make brilliant guards for the battle scenes, so we've had a really brilliant turnout so far.

"I think everyone's enjoyed the series so much that people want to be a part of that this year, but also just if they want something different to do.

"We're probably going to be using around 1,000 local people again, like we did last year."

But it is not just the extras who will be getting work on the set of Game of Thrones, as hundreds more jobs have been created for crew in Northern Ireland.

Monday's open casting call was a one-off, but with a further three books in the original George R. R. Martin series, it is unlikely to be the last of its kind.

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Aine in Belfast wrote (1,208 days ago):
As if a Director from a major production is going to get in contact with a would be extra and dish out advice. My cousin grew a beard for six months for the last audition and he didn't even get a part. HaHaHa!
angel in belfast wrote (1,208 days ago):
You two...why would utv be able to tell you- contact that extras firm they mentioned though given the number who turned up today i would think you have no chance.
Sherry-Ann Brown in belfast wrote (1,208 days ago):
hi, i was ask by a friend to go to the audition this morning but thought i needed acting experience i emailed the director on thursday an they never got back to me an iv only just found out i didnt need any and im gutted! can use tell me of other locations for interviews? im 22 dark brown hair shoulder length dark brown eyes average build! many thanks
Matthew Ferguson in Antrim wrote (1,208 days ago):
Is it to late to be concidered for an audition. I am 6ft tall 14stone and my hair is half way down my back and a little receding. Could you please let me know one way or the other. Thank you Matthew Ferguson.
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