Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wanna-Be Movie Extra Tries To Hobble "The Hobbit"

More "Hobbit" production grief, from the land down under:

A representative for director Peter Jackson has admitted casting crews working on Warners "The Hobbit" made "an incredibly unfortunate error" after a wanna-be movie background performer claimed she was turned down as a movie 'extra', because of her skin color.

The performer, of reportedly Pakistani heritage, attended a 'go-see' in the New Zealand city of Hamilton last week, alleging she was 'rejected' by casting directors, because movie bosses only wanted "pale-skinned" actors.

"It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin," said the performer. "The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned."

The woman, who has managed to market herself from a potential 'extra', to the lofty position of 'equal rights spokesperson', has now created a Facebook page to denounce the 'racist' production.

A representative for Jackson said, "This is not something the producers or the director of 'The Hobbit' were aware of. They would never issue instructions of this kind to the casting crew. All people meeting the age and height requirements are welcome to audition."

"The Hobbit" is supposed to start shooting February 2011 in New Zealand, after a series of costly production blunders, involving fights with actors unions and the New Zealand government.

Good luck -

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