A Tv show of one of the greatest trilogies, Lord of the Rings, is looking for odd-looking people, i.e. people that don’t fit into society’s constructed beauty standards to play their monsters. BGT Actors Models and Talent, an Auckland-based casting agency, turned to Facebook in a desperate attempt to find New Zealanders to fill out the cast which begins filming in 2020.
The company apparently begin its ad with requirements for people less than 5ft tall or more than 6ft 5in, but later on expand their requirement by asking for people with lots of wrinkles and 'hairy hairy people of all ages and ethnicities'.
The agency goes on to ask for people with ‘wrinkles and lots of them’, ‘tall, long lithe dancers’ and ‘circus performers who can juggle [and] stilt walk’, as well as Eurasian people and Hispanic people.
One Kiwi who thinks he fits the bill responded to an online advertisement, is Justin Smith, 41, who believes his unique appearance makes him a top pick for a role.
'I’ve got more than missing teeth, I’ve got none,' the lorry driver, who lost his entire set in a surfing accident, Justin told the Wall Street Journal.
With reports that Amazon is spending $1billion on the Lord of the Rings show, making it one of the most expensive ever made, one can only imagine how much the production house will save as people are brought in for their outlandish roles, which means less makeup costs and special effects for the J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.
A prequel to Peter Jackson's highly successful trilogy, pre-production on the series started back in September.