Hundreds hope to land role in MUD

Hundreds hope to land role in MUD

You might be friends with the next actor to make it big in Hollywood and not even know it. Sunday, Arkansas native Jeff Nichols' latest film, "MUD," held an open casting call in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - You might be friends with the next actor to make it big in Hollywood and not even know it. Sunday, Arkansas native Jeff Nichols' latest film, "MUD," held an open casting call in Little Rock.

Nichols is filming in Arkansas, and needs stand-ins, extras and a co-star to play a 14-year-old rural boy named Neckbone. Neckbone could be right here in Arkansas.

Sunday, hundreds showed up for the six hour casting call.

"You hear about things happening in like Los Angeles and New York, but you don't really, you know, lately over the last few years, Arkansas has become such, you know, it's really grown as far as the film industry, and it's a really great thing," says actor Barrett Harger.

"There's just so much energy, and, you know, what if I'm in a movie with Matthew McConaughey," added actor Lindsey Huggins.

"It doesn't really matter that he's in it. I just want to be in one, that would be cool," said actor Meagen Matuszyk.

Right now, McConaughey starring in the title role is just a rumor.

Hopefuls filled out forms Sunday, then got a few minutes to chat with a member of the casting team.

"We've already found a couple of boys that we want to audition already, so I think we're gonna be good. I think we're gonna find that kid here in Arkansas," said co-casting director Yancey Prosser.

"It's really nerve-wracking. It's kind of like a lottery in a way. To have this many people and find a good actor for this role," said actor Kionna Threadgill.

While none of our actors fit the description of Neckbone, they were either too old or not boys, with four-hundred actors needed they all still have a shot.

"A lot of it is just getting your foot in the door. We'll see where it goes. They said they'll give me a call if they need me," says Harger. "It'll be on at all times. I'll have that ringer up very loud."

"I just sleep with my phone every day just like a little baby or something," added Threadgill.

Next, the casting team will go through the pictures collected Sunday, pick out who they think the director will want to see audition, hold videotaped auditions, then if actors get past that round, they will get to go to the casting office for a second audition.
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