Living in Los Angeles you would think that we’re around movies all the time. Maybe the premieres, but not a lot of the filming. A lot is done out of state. So, I can understand why it is that thousands lined up in Berlin for a chance to be in Mockingjay. Hell if I lived in Berlin, I would have been there too.
We told you previously how filming had wrapped in Atlanta.
The Berlin Morgenpost put up the call (translated)-
The human chain, hundreds of meters long, snakes down the street to the Delphi Film Theatre. People of all colors: blond, dark, light-skinned, Asian, dark-skinned, tall, short. They all hope to be part of a major Hollywood production.
The Berlin-based agency “Film Faces” is doing the extras casting. The first to arrive came two hours before admission. Win brothers Burkhard and Stefan Klimek have been in line longer, “For the past eight hours we’ve been here”, says Burkhard, “but it’s still fun. The weather is beautiful, the people are nice.”
The 49-year-olds have acting experience. What are their chances of success? “Well, we have the twin advantage,” they say at the same time and have to laugh.
The agency had sent out the first casting call for gaunt Mediterranean or Asian-looking men with eccentric, character faces and tattoos. The twins have long black hair and easygoing faces.
Shortly before 10:00 am it begins. Agency head Johanna Ragwitz starts the process. “And nobody has to sing and dance,” she calls out to the crowd, which now pushes into the cinema. Fill in the application form, take a photo, and you’re done. “Is Dieter here?”, calls a young man. “No, and Heidi’s not here either” answers Ragwitz.
They’re referring to Dieter Bohlen, the judge of StarSearch Germany and Model-mom Heidi Klum. Inside there is the registration list. Categories on the list: eye color, hair color, hair length. “Hair length” asks Stefan Klimek. “Maybe one meter,” his brother comes to the rescue. The dress size question triggers a frown and shrug.
Actually, the movie they’re casting is not official yet. The rumor has spread anyway. It is said to be Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, the third and fourth “Hunger Games” films. Actress Jennifer Lawrence announced at the premiere of Catching Fire that they’d be shooting in Berlin soon.
However, the casting Agency and Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam remain silent on what film is actually being cast. Also, access to the movie theater, where the candidates are getting photographed, remains restricted only to those applying. Actually, the agency allowed access at first, but shortly thereafter restricted access.
Shortly after 11:00am, police estimate that 3,500 people have already been funneled through the cinema.
Here’s a rather cool video of the call.