Word spread like wildfire around Weymouth – “They’re filming on Portland, and need extras – eighty quid a day, it’s a doddle – plus all you can eat...” So, off I go on the Saturday morning – just need to turn up at the Prince Regent Hotel on the seafront, and the job’s as good as mine ! Oh yeah, me and several hundred other people with the same idea, queues around the block… (the Hotel entrance is very far left)
I did, in fact, just walk in and out in a matter of minutes – but much later in the day ! Surprisingly I was only applicant number 234 – quite low considering the early morning scrummage – but with a second day still available for registration, I suspect the total number of hopefuls will go very much higher. Just slightly concerned that the short application form asked ” Can you swim ? ” and mentioned something about ‘ …the rescue being filmed at night…’
As the film is loosely based around the 60’s Radio Caroline Pirate Radio Ship(s), the first two of which sank, should I be worried ? Hmmmm… Not a lot of people know that, instead of using a Popular Hit of the time, Radio Caroline’s first theme tune was Jimmy McGriff’s ‘Round Midnight ( a jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk ) ! So, I now await the last-minute phone call, or an email…. Pity it’s not another Titanic re-make, I’d have had a heads start as a musician still playing whilst the ship sank around me !