Remember a few days ago when I posted about the open casting call for the Jackie Robinson biopic “42”? I wrote at the end of the article that I might attend the casting call to see if I can get a spot in the film, and today, I did just that.

When I arrived at the Boutwell Auditorium about 20 minutes before 11 a.m., I met a full line of people, most of whom had read the press release instructions and came in 1940s costume. I myself was in costume, all the way down to black-and-white saddle shoes. The wait in the sun was probably the hardest part of the casting call. Once 11 a.m. came, we were finally let inside, shook the mayor’s hand, and was ushered to the bowels of the Boutwell, where the real fun began.

While standing in the sun was the hardest part of the casting call, the second hardest part was filling out various measurements. Luckily, I had most of my measurements figured out beforehand, however, I still had to guess on some things, as did a lot of people around me.

After finishing the sign-in sheet and dropping off headshots and resumes, the final step was getting pictures taken. A brief fret over whether my pictures were good, and then it was over.

Now, I’m in the waiting stage of the process. I might know if I’m going to be used in the film really soon–according one of the members of CL Casting, the casting crew at the Boutwell, the film will start filming in either May or June, so a notification will be forthcoming.

Hopefully it’s good news! If it is, (and if I’m not under any type of clause barring me from talking about the film), I’ll make sure to update ShockYa with some behind-the-scenes news.

By the way, if you missed the casting call, make sure to email or check out CL Casting on Facebook to apply. Several hundred people are needed, so you have a good shot of getting a spot.

“42” stars Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, and will be released to theaters in 2013.

(Picture originally published in LOOK, v. 19, no. 4, 1955 Feb. 22, p. 78. From the Library of Congress.)

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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