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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 18, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I’m only here for the pillaging: ‘Vikings’ open casting

    Laurence Mackin

    Unleash your inner Viking in Dublin city centre tomorrow and you could earn a few quid.

    Vikings, a new 10-part television series co-produced by World 2000 (The Tudors, Camelot) and the History Channel, is looking for thousands of would-be Norsemen to pack out their cast.

    The production is holding three open casting days. Tomorrow and Wednesday (June 19th and 20th), between 11.30 and 7pm they are at Filmbase in Temple Bar, Dublin and on Friday, June 22nd they are in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow town between noon and 5pm.

    The production is looking for mostly adults of any gender, ethnicity, shape or size. You don’t need any particular skills, but being a dab hand at fishing, sailing, rowing, pillaging, fighting, farming, music or midwifing is a bonus. People with “character faces” are also encouraged to come along. Oh, just tell us we’re ugly and be done with it.

    The application process takes about 20 minutes, and all you need is to be available for work in Ireland in the summer.

    This isn’t the only medieval game in town, of course. Game of Thrones is also casting for extras for its third season. Applications for this one are exclusively through the Extras NI website. Registration there is free, though if you do get work the company takes a slice of 15-20 per cent of your fee. Although you could always try taking that back by storming their keep in a longboat.

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