July 5, 1999
Dreams of Fame in the Rain
Dreams of stardom, of fame, of rubbing shoulders
with the famous buoyed about 150 people waiting in the rain for extras auditions for the
film, Lord of the Rings, in Palmerston North on Saturday.
Adults of all ages and sizes excelt 5ft 9in
queued from before 8am to audition between 10am and 3pm. A notice from the casting company
on the door of Palmerston North Boys' High School's old gym spelt out height restrictions
-- people had to be shorter than 5ft 8in or taller than 5ft 10in.
A knot of people hard against the door said they
had turned up around 8am and had seen the queue form behind them. Most people came from
9am on. Rain did not noticeably dampen anyone's spirits.
Why did they want to be in the film? Answers
varied, but the most common was the fame and fourtune dream. Even just rubbing shoulders
with the famous was another answer. Fun and money also featured.