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(Neb)-Chance To Be A Coen Brothers Extra Draws Hundreds

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/02/2017 11:58 PM
SCOTTSBLUFF - Hundreds of people, likely more than a thousand of them, auditioned Tuesday in Scottsbluff to be extras in a TV western mini-series that will be partially filmed in southern Sioux County by the famed filmmaking Coen Brothers.

       The 4-hour casting call for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs took place at the Midwest Theater, with lines winding around the corner and all the way down the street.

      Midwest Theater Executive Director Billy Estes says about 700 people had already auditioned by 7:00 and hundreds more were still outside waiting.

      He thinks the big turnout was largely the result of the Coen Brothers...best known for their award-winning films that include Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and No Country For Old Men.

      The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will be a collection of 6 hour-long Western stories set in the late 1800s. The Nebraska segment involves a wagon train with the casting director looking for about 50 ordinary-looking people to be extras, generally non-speaking background roles.

      One of those auditioning was Karen Williams, who waited in line 2-1/2 hours. Williams told KNEB radio she'd learned about the hardships of the Oregon Trail after moving to the Panhandle from Georgia and thought it would be fun being part of recreating that time.

      Another hopeful actress was Becky Dykes of Morrill. She told KNEB that while the Coen Brothers will make the final decision on hiring, casting director Elizabeth Gabel will have a lot of input and Gabel told her she "had the look" they wanted. Dykes says she's ready to spend some long days in an uncomfortable dress for low pay.

      Primary shooting on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs began last month in northern New Mexico. Nebraska filming on a closed set north of Mitchell is scheduled to run 13 days over a roughly 3-week period from September 8th to September 27th.


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