Poor poor Julianne Moore…Psycho, Hannibal, The Lost World: Jurassic Park…you survived all of these and made yourself a top-flight terror hottie, but you just couldn’t survive the antics of a horribly screwed up casting director.
Setting up to film the horror thriller “Shelter”, the casting director, Donna Belajac Casting, issued a casting call. Pretty normal so far, until you consider what’s in the casting call. Check out the Belajac response:
“It’s the way it was described in the script,” Belajac said Monday. “Some of these ‘holler’ people — because they are insular and clannish, and they don’t leave their area — there is literally inbreeding, and the people there often have a different kind of look. That’s what we’re trying to get.”
Basically, Donna Belajac Casting was trying to cast inbred mountain hillbilly hicks, and instead bought itself a world of trouble. They put that casting call out in West Virginia. Needless to say, the West Virginians of the world rose up in furious hatred at this casting call, and now Donna Belajac Casting is spinning like a top trying to back itself out of its bizarre demands.
What amazes me is that they actually tried this. Even horrible, horrible movies like Wrong Turn and its successor know enough to get their inbred mountain hillbilly hicks via copious amounts of latex and makeup, not by actually issuing a casting call involving phrases like “Hey Sixtoes! Come on down and get yourself a part in a gin-u-wiiiiine Hollywood movie film! You tew kin be on th’ big screen with all them thar Hollywood types! Like Julianne Moore! She gots all her own teeth, y’know? Part pays a gin-u-wine Bic lighter an’ all the pretzels you kin steal!”
Needless to say that’s a complete overdramatization. But still…it’s pretty insulting and a low-class move besides. Hopefully, top-notch terror hottie Julianne Moore will stay top-notch following such a blow to her upcoming film.