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Residents answer casting call for Hitler-Bigfoot movie

  • Jodi Purdy-Quinlan, extras casting director for “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot” takes a headshot of Suzanne LoManto at the open casting call for extras held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Great Falls Discovery Center. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • A line of people wait to have their headshots taken by Jodi Purdy-Quinlan, extras casting director for “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot," during the open casting call for extras held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Great Falls Discovery Center. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Ian Lelen and Rosemary Sheola, both of Leverett, fill out forms in hopes of becoming extras in "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot" during the open casting call for extras held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Great Falls Discovery Center. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • (From left to right) Carolyn Caron, 23, Jackson Crowell, 11, and his mother Holly Crowell, 30, all of Greenfield, attended the open casting call for extras for the movie "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot" held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Great Falls Discovery Center. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • John Talbot, 63, of Greenfield, attended the open casting call for extras for the movie "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot" held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Great Falls Discovery Center. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline



Recorder Staff
Saturday, July 29, 2017

TURNERS FALLS — Looking for their 15 minutes of fame, residents of Franklin County and beyond lined up inside the Great Falls Discovery Center Saturday afternoon for an open casting call for “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot,” a movie to be filmed in Montague next month.

The film, according to Deadline Hollywood, is a period piece set in both 1943 and 1987 about a legendary World War II veteran who went across enemy lines to kill Hitler. Decades later, having settled in New England, he’s asked to lead a search into the Canadian wilderness looking for Bigfoot, carrier of a deadly plague.

When local residents received news about two weeks ago that the movie starring Sam Elliott and Aidan Turner will be filmed in Montague through September, excitement spread through the community.

“It’s exciting,” said Holly Crowell, 30, who attended the casting call with her son Jackson, 11, and neighbor Carolyn Caron, 23, all of Greenfield. “I’m curious to see what it’s all about.”

“If Sam Elliott’s involved, it has to be a good script,” Caron agreed.

Caron said she decided to throw her hat in the ring to become an extra because of her experience acting in and managing plays since she was in high school, as well as producing a YouTube series. She said she’s on the list of extras for “Castle Rock,” the series being filmed in Orange, and convinced the Crowells to come with her to Saturday’s casting call, despite it bringing Holly Crowell out of her comfort zone.

“Me and Holly could be more than neighbors, we could be coworkers!” Caron exclaimed. “Acting in general is fun, with the chance to network with other people in the area.”

“I thought it’d be a kick,” John Talbot, 63, of Greenfield, said of his reason for wanting to be an extra. “You can get discovered.”

Plus, how great it would be to meet Sam Elliott, Talbot said, having seen him in several movies.

Others traveled much farther to sign up, like 25-year-old Andrew Pennacchio of Melrose, who worked as an extra in “Daddy’s Home 2” during April filming in Boston, and received a last-minute email about “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot.”

“The ones I have done it’s been a lot of fun, so I want to do more,” Pennacchio said. “The title is definitely very interesting.”

Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of Jodi Purdy Casting is serving as extras casting director, herself driving from Weymouth to meet potential extras Saturday. Throughout the casting call, held from 1 to 6 p.m., Purdy-Quinlan advised residents to simply email her professional headshots, and took photos for those who didn’t have one.

“So far the turnout’s been wonderful,” Purdy-Quinlan said after about an hour of meeting hopeful extras. “Everyone looks great. I’m excited to be in Turners Falls getting to know the locals, and hopefully finding everyone I need.”

Purdy-Quinlan said she hoped to have at least 100 people volunteer to be extras, though with many emails to look through, numbers were hard to determine Saturday afternoon.

“The word is spreading,” she noted.

With a film in Orange and another in Montague, residents are hopeful about how Franklin County having its time in the spotlight could benefit the area.

“I think it’s good for the town, putting it on the map,” Crowell said.

“I think it’s good for revenue, good for the people around here,” Talbot said. “Maybe we’re becoming the new L.A!”

Those interested in becoming extras for “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot” should send a recent photo, their name, phone number, email address, age and location to hnbfreeextras@gmail.com with a subject line “RE: H&B Free Extra.”