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Thursday, July 09, 2015
‘Game of Thrones’ recruits 2,400 extras in Spain
'Game of Thrones' holds a two-day casting call in Spain for its 6th season.
MADRID, Spain – Hundreds of people queued at a sports stadium in the southern Spanish city of Almeria Wednesday, July 8, hoping to be among 2,400 extras who will be hired for the popular US series Game of Thrones.
The two-day casting call, for the hit series' 6th season, was posted by the ModExpoR agency, which set down precise selection criteria.
Would-be extras must be between "18 and 65 years old, Mediterranean, with very dark or black skin."
Men must be at least 1.75 meters (5 feet 7 inches) tall, women at least 1.7 metres (5 feet 6 inches), and slim-built.
David, 20, who got up at 6 am to drive two hours to the casting call, said he was worried about his chances.
"I was quite nervous to see people better than me standing in the queue. People with longer hair, darker skin, and who were taller than me and had a better profile," he told Agence France-Presse by phone.
"I told myself they might not take me."
Boasting picturesque beaches and Moorish architecture, the city was the location for films Clavius in 2014 and Exodusin 2013.
The area has been the site of nearly 500 films over the past 60 years, according to the local tourism office.