It looks like fans may be able to get bit parts in the upcoming Hobbit film as extras! We get wind of this news from the maw of Del Toro himself, thanks to the good people over at MTV:
Yesterday, we had a chance to visit with director Guillermo del Toro to talk about his latest film, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to go digging for news on “The Hobbit” as well. So we put out the call to fans, asking them to submit their questions and we’d bring ‘em along.
But the biggest news? It came from a question I thought would be a joke. “Who do I have to kill or sleep with to get a role as an extra?” user Mike Moore asked.
“Oh my god, well that’s a good question only in that it’s asked often,” del Toro said, chuckling. “[But] I believe as the film comes to happen, in either of the two films, [fans] have a good chance of being there.” “Sleep with a lot of people if you can! That’s a very good piece of advice. But don’t bribe anyone. It will be wasted money,” del Toro said, laughing. “We will set some rules and some contests and some fans will definitely get the chance of being extras. Go and apply for those roles!”
Well this is sweet! I am going to try and get svelte asap as to procure a role as an elven extra. I see lots of shaving (and I mean lots!) in my not too distant future. As soon as the contest goes live we will be certain to hook you up.
I usually wouldn’t care about being an extra in a film, but being in full Weta make up and costuming would be something to remember for the ages. I have already shared my desire to be an elf, so I throw it over to you international friends – if you were to be an extra in the film what race/creature/critter would you want to be?