Master And Commander

Of all the people to send me movie information, I never suspected my father would become a spy, but being a damn good sailor, he recently received the following note from a friend…

Director Peter Weir (Truman Show, Green Card, Dead Poet’s Society, Witness) is looking for tall-ship sailors to work as actors (speaking parts) and extras in a major motion picture based on Patrick O’Brian’s sea-going adventure novel, The Far Side of the World. Those selected will work aboard the HMS Rose (currently en route from New England to Baja, Mexico). A full-rigged replica of an 18th century British frigate, the Rose will portray the Sophie – the movie’s hero ship. Men and boys, ages 10 to 40, all colors, shapes and sizes are needed in order to realistically capture the look of British, Irish, Scottish, Swedish, African and French sailors of 1806. All positions are paid and a living allowance will be provided. Filming is scheduled to run from June to mid-October of this year. Those who will be needed for the entire time can expect to be on scene for approximately 20 weeks. The production will stage out of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico, which is very close to San Diego.

Notes Judy Bouley, who is casting the movie, “Rosarito is a beautiful seaside town with lots of sun, restaurants and beaches. It is a wonderful, warm place to call home for a few months. Shooting will take place at Baja, where such movies as Titanic and Pearl Harbor were filmed.”

Judy’s past credits include Cast Away, Perfect Storm, What Lies Beneath, and Contact.

How to Apply: Those interested in appearing in the film should send a current photo (color print or Polaroid) – a portrait that features the face. In addition, include information about height, weight, hair color, experience, sailing and acting skills, etc., as well as telephone numbers and email address.

In one of those ironic six degrees of Kevin Bacon circles of life… Judy is contributing writer Dick Hollywood’s former next door neighbor when we were in our teens in Northern California. It was Judy who helped Dic break into film, starting as an extra in crap like the mid 80s Keanu Reeves TV movie “Brotherhood of Justice”. Dick eventually worked his way up into being a part of the production team on Weir’s Fearless.

I hate Dick and my father.