January 17, 2000Eddie McCarthy In
Eddie McCarthy, an extra for the New Line Cinema production
of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, found today a down-side of breaking a confidentiality
During the weekend his talent agency, Trio Talent Management,
informed Mr. McCarthy that the local community newspaper article he wrote "Confessions of a Hobbit Knocker", has effectivly
killed his career in television and film - as he could not be trusted to keep quiet on
projects in production. Camperdown studios of Miramar are also a banned place, and when
Mr. McCarthy tried to gain entry to explain himself, security guards would not let him
past the main gate.
As Mr. McCarthy explained, he provided the article to share
with everyone his joy in being able to take part in such a highly anticipated series of
films. He now wonders if his contribution will end up on the cutting room floor.
Written or verbal confidentiality agreements are a part of
most production work, and the afternoon Wellington newspaper, The Evening Post, quoted a
member of the G.C.S.B. (New Zealand's external spy service) who has an extras role in the
films, that the wording of the agreements are more strict on the level of information that
actors involved are allowed to share than the agreement he signed when he started work for
the government department.