By Eric Farrell
Close to one thousand people had flocked to The Grand Hotel in Wicklow by lunchtime in the hope of being cast as an extra in the MGM hit series ‘Vikings’.
With open casting being held until 6.30 on Monday evening, scores more were expected to turn up before the day was out.
Producers were looking for close to 500 extras following two days of casting in Dublin last week and were hoping “to meet people of all ages, shapes and sizes”. Never before had so much facial hair gathered in one place and, indeed, there were more beards on show in Wicklow Town than in any other part of the country.
The number of children in attendance was also striking with one keen young lad even bearing a bow and arrow in the hope of making a lasting impression on the production team.
Once they had been ushered through the doors of the hotel, candidates were issued with an application form with a specified number at the top of the page. Besides the usual required information of name and age, address and nationality etc, applicants were asked to provide their physical measurements, any previous acting experience, as well as other special skills such as rowing, sailing, archery and martial arts.
With the forms filled out, candidates were then directed towards another queue where they were told to line up for the camera in order to have their mug shot taken before being free to leave.
Filming for the third season of ‘Vikings’ begins in June on location in the Ashford area with successful candidates been informed of their positions in due course.