Occasionally, I get casting calls for films being shot in our area. Casting directors usually look for appearance: extras or actors of a certain gender, age or body type.
This one, however, is a bit different: Boys with a Texas accent.
The film is "First Man," a Damien Chazelle-directed feature about astronaut Neil Armstrong, and casting directors are looking for boys ages 6 to 10 "with distinct Texan accents" to play his two sons. No acting experience is needed.
The film won't be shot in Texas, however, but in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in November. The open call takes place this Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hotel Indigo, 211 Clay Ave. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children will be given a short scene to read on camera with the casting director. Anyone with questions about the casting call can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm curious how they'll define "distinct Texan accents" as Hollywood is notorious for slapping molasses-slow drawls on any character south of the Mason-Dixon Line or east of southern California. Will they give auditioners a card with the words "pecan," "oil" or "Dairy Queen" and listen to the results?