Over 3,000 Floridians Turn Out for Casting Call
by Sandi Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
CLEARWATER - They came from near and far for the open casting call. All were hoping to be chosen as an extra in Dolphin Tale, a film based on our favorite dolphin, Winter, who was rescued and rehabilitated at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Island Estates. Most locals are familiar with the little dolphin who, despite the loss of her tail, survived and now swims with the aid of a prosthetic tail.
Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard stopped by to observe the huge turnout at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He was impressed with the number of people waiting for their chance at an interview. Over 3,000 people formed a line which snaked around the building and led far into the parking lot.
Renee Ledoux, Miss Pasco County 2010, was among those who had finally reached the front doors and invited into the building about 11:30 a.m. She entered with a big smile. She had been waiting with her mother over four hours.
Interviews were scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The aspiring actors were asked to bring a recent photograph. The only requirement was that they be a Florida resident.
Filming of the movie, which will star Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr., will begin later this month, continuing through December 10.
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