background & stand ins – killing kennedy – casting complete


Here’s your chance to be a part of history!  Arvold Casting is seeking background artists for the National Geographic television movie KILLING KENNEDY, based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, shooting in Richmond, VA from June 11th to July 3rd.

Casting News: Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin will play President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg will play Marina Oswald.

We are seeking Caucasian, African American and Hispanic Males and Females of all ages who can look authentic to the early 1960′s time period.  Also, there are some specific background roles we are seeking.  Submission details are beneath the pictures below.

Robert McNamara The US Secretary of Defense.  robert_mcnamara_60477-1152x864


General Walker The target of an assassination attempt by Oswald.  Killing Kennedy Breakdown w Images edit_html_241262c5


Photo Double for John F. Kennedy The President of the United States.  5’11″ to 6’0″; 40R Suit Jacket  th


Photo Double for Governor Connally Governor of Texas.  Shot by Oswald during the assassination on JFK.   44L Suit Jacket  Killing Kennedy Breakdown w Images edit_html_133638d


Photo Double for “Nell” Connally First Lady of Texas and the Governor’s wife.  Screen shot 2013-06-02 at 11.25.55 AM


Domingo Benavides Witnesses Oswald shoot down Officer J.D. Tippit.  Killing Kennedy Breakdown w Images edit_html_260059f0


Jim Leavelle Homicide detective escorting Oswald when he was shot.  leavelle


Dallas Detective Holds up Oswald’s rifle for the press.  Screen shot 2013-06-02 at 11.07.41 AM

General Notes:

ALL BACKGROUND PLAYERS WILL BE LOCAL RICHMOND HIRES (there is no lodging provided), and MUST HAVE OWN TRANSPORTATION.  Both Union and Non-Union will be considered.

If you were unable to attend the Open Call and would like to submit electronically, please follow the instructions below carefully:

Please copy ALL the questions below in an email with your answers, and send toericaarvoldcasting•extras©gmail•com with THREE photos taken especially for this submission, with plain solid colored background. One photo of full body facing forward (form fitting clothing please, not baggy or loose), two photos of close-ups of face only, one serious with mouth closed, one smiling and showing teeth. If you have long hair, please pull it forward over your shoulders.

Age or Age Range:
City, State, Zip:
Cell Phone:
If under 18 only, list BIRTHDATE and GUARDIAN NAME here:

Are you a Richmond local hire, with no lodging needed or required? (answer YES or NO):

Do you have your own reliable transportation to/from set? (answer YES or NO):

Union status (answer SAG-AFTRA or Non-union):

Not everyone is needed for every day (and some roles are only for one day), but to be considered available for a shoot date, you must be available ALL DAY/EVENING of that specific day. The shoot is currently scheduled from June 11th – July 3rd. If fully available for ALL of these dates, Monday-Saturday from June 11th- July 3rd, then answer FULL AVAIL in the question below. If you are NOT fully avail, then write LIMITED AVAIL and list dates NOT available where asked.

What is your availability for Monday-Saturday from June 11th – July 3rd (answer FULL AVAIL or LIMITED AVAIL):

If LIMITED AVAIL, list the dates NOT available here (if FULL AVAIL, leave blank):

If cast, what is the maximum number of days you could work on this project (answer ALL or list number of days):

Stage Combat/Stunt (answer one: NONE / BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE / EXPERT):

Dancing Experience/Training (ability to portray dancers in the early 1960′s) (answer one: NONE / BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE / EXPERT):

Firearms Experience/Training (answer one: NONE / BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE / EXPERT):

Quartet Musical Experience (answer one: NONE / BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE / EXPERT):
What instrument(s)?

Do you have a valid Motorcycle license?  (answer YES  /  NO)

Other skills/abilities:

If you have been an extra/background artist before, please list the film/television show(s):

If you have been a Stand-In, please list the actor(s) you were a Stand-In for, and the production:

If you have any physical limitations, describe here (if none, write NONE):

For men:  if cast, would you be willing to be clean shaven?  (answer YES  /  NO):

For all:  if cast, would you be willing to have your hair cut?   (answer YES  /  NO):

Please fill in your wardrobe sizes/measurements to the best of your knowledge. If you do not know your sizes/measurements, please try to find out before submitting! Men, it is ESPECIALLY important to let us know your Suit Jacket size and Pant Waist size in order to be considered to portray police officers, FBI Agents, military members and/or Secret Service Agents. Even the average guy on the streets often wore a suit back in the early 1960′s. If you do not know your Suit Jacket size, please see below for more instructions. **

Suit Jacket:
Pants (waist/length):
Shirt (collar/sleeve):
Shirt (S, M, L, XL, etc.):
Hat (if known):


Finally, please put the following email SUBJECT HEADING for your submission (personalized to YOU):
Your First and Last Name, KENNEDY
For example:
John Smith, KENNEDY

Thanks so much for following these detailed instructions. We are only able to respond to those submissions selected, but we sincerely appreciate your interest! If you are interested in learning more about this project, here are some links:

** FOR MEN, TO DETERMINE JACKET SIZE: Measure around your chest below the armpits. Leave a space of two finger widths between the tape measure and your body. Use this figure to determine your size. Even better, please go to a clothing store to be measured and/or try on suit jackets to determine your proper size.

Thank you!


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