Miley Cyrus movie casting call draws small crowd

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Today, the first open casting call was held in Savannah for the new Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song, filming next month in Savannah and Tybee Island.

It played out this morning in John Rousakis Plaza along River Street.

Thousands were expected to show up to audition but only less than a handful made it to the casting call.

Actually, they got less than 10. The casting director wasn't surprised, but the young men trying out were as their chance at stardom improved with less competition.

They juggled and Hacky Sacked. Some did both at the same time. The open casting call drew a small, but very enthusiastic group of young men.

"Oh yeah. It's fun. Something to do," said 18-year-old Maclane Matsuoka from Savannah who says he had to learn to Hacky Sack literally overnight.

"Learned how to Hacky Sack yesterday," he told us. "From Youtube in about 10 minutes."

His look alone made him the casting director's early favorite.

"It's a Miley Cyrus movie, I think that would be pretty funny if I was in it," said Matsuoka. "So I figured I would come out and try."

"That is what the open call is for, to make sure we don't miss anybody because we put signs up at the SCAD dorms and different colleges and didn't get much of a response," said casting director Jackie Burch.

Burch has been casting major motion pictures for more than 25 years starting with the Breakfast Club back in the early 80s.

Only nine guys showed up for Wednesday's casting call requiring 18 to 20-year-old males who can both Hacky Sack and juggle.

"I'm not surprised because I've done a lot of open calls and this is so specific," said Burch. "One guy was great but he will miss out because of his age."

Burch says most roles have been cast but there is hope for the thousands who have contacted her.

"I answered more than 2,000 emails of people from Savannah," said Burch. "I just treated them like that. We wanted to give an opportunity but more were extras than actors, so I shifted them to the extras casting."

Some had the skills others had the look. Matsuoka is hoping the small turnout works in his favor as he Hacky Sacks to stardom.

"I was expecting pros out here, but not many people is better for me I guess," said Matsuoka. "Better chances."

But the casting director ended up picking another young man she called Dallas for a call back with the movie's director Thursday. She said the guys who came today were ok but they were looking for a bad boy type and Dallas fit the bill.

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