|BALD BODY DOUBLE WANTED FOR RIPPER||
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You know you want to be in pictures. But are you willing to shave your head for it?
That's what the producers of Ripper want to know as they search for a body double for one of the film's stars. "We're looking for a man of medium build with dirty blonde or light brown hair for one day's work," said a casting assistant with the Prophecy Pictures thriller currently shooting at locations in and around Victoria.
Whoever is selected will be standing in for Bruce Payne. The British actor best known for his performance as Kell, the formidable villain who challenges Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul in Highlander: EndGame. Acting experience isn't essential, but you do have to be willing to take it all off - on your head, that is. Payne plays the role of Professor Martin Kane in writer-director John Eyres's thriller about a serial killer on a rampage in a North American city. The film also stars Jurgen Prochnow (Das Boot), A.J. Cook (The Virgin Suicides) and Kelly Brook, the British film and television personality who hosted BBC's Big Breakfast.
The producers of Ripper had also been seeking extras for an elaborate "rave-like party sequence" to be filmed at Cruz Studios, but those quotas have been filled. Other locations include Royal Roads and Silver Spray Resort. By Sunday night, no other opportunities were available on the film for other actors, said the casting rep. Anyone interested in applying for the body-double gig, call Annie at 472-7237. In other local film news, a publicist for Fighting Like Cats and Dogs has confirmed that scenes for the big-budget Warner Bros. fantasy will not be shot in Victoria as originally planned this fall. The ambitious visual effects adventure blends live-action, puppetry and computer-generated technology to spin the tale of a rogue feline's attempts to take over the world. It features 50 dogs, dozens of cats and 13 humans. The decision to back out of Victoria is mainly because of the complexity of the shoot under way on soundstages in Vancouver. "It's just become too much to have to take the crews and equipment on the ferries over to Victoria with everything that's been going on," said Dixie Cutler. The Greater Victoria Film Commission has been fielding dozens of inquiries from film and television producers eyeing the region for upcoming shoots, however, said Jennifer Screech, director of location services.
The original article can be found at Prophecy News