SAN DIEGO - Thousands turned out for a open casting call in Mission Valley on Saturday, hopeful they would be picked as one of just a few hundred extras for the upcoming sequel to the 2004 comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
The follow-up, titled "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," is shooting around San Diego this month. The film stars comic Will Ferrell as a San Diego television news announcer.
10News learned Ferrell will be in town to shoot a scene at SeaWorld San Diego on May 24.
Central Casting, the oldest casting company in Hollywood, is used to dealing with big calls, but San Diegans surprised even them.
"I figured we'd have 1,500 people, but I'd say we've got more," said Judy Bouley, who is with Central Casting.
The casting call was held at the DoubleTree Mission Valley hotel in the 7400 block of Hazard Center Drive. First, people had to wait in one line just to get an application. After that, they moved across the street next to the Hazard Center trolley stop to get in a much larger line.
Central Casting actually ran out of applications. After sending someone out to make more copies, Bouley was up toward the front of the line with a message for the "Anchorman 2" hopefuls.
"Don't stand in line for eight hours," she said. "Submit through email@example.com ... Photo and contact information, thank you!"
However, the lure of Hollywood was too strong for many of them. So the budding actors, some of them in 70s Ron Burgundy-esque costumes, made the most of the hours-long wait.
"So, what's going to make you stand out? So, for me I put on extra tight pants," said Shane Harrison, who was dressed in an Elvis-like getup.
Eventually, the hopefuls made their way inside one of the hotel's convention rooms where their picture was taken and their contact information put into a file. Hopes were high.
"Actually, it's to build up my resume so I can like start working on my career," said Chancey Pridgeon.
The lucky ones will join about 300 others for a day-long shoot at SeaWorld on May 24.The pay for eight hours of work by non-union extras is $64.00.
According to various news reports, stars from the original movie like Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate will appear in the sequel. Cameo appearances are slated by Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and other stars.
"Anchorman 2" is scheduled to be released in December 2013.
It's believed the Ron Burgundy character is based on one-time 10News anchor Harold Green.
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