Military casting for 100 actors to recreate Afghan town
CBC News | July 17, 2006
Actors from Calgary and Edmonton are being hired to help train soldiers in the Canadian Forces.
A casting call has gone out for about 100 actors of Afghan or Middle Eastern descent who will serve as villagers in a mock Afghan town.
The scenario will be set up at CFB Wainwright this fall as soldiers train before heading to serve in Afghanistan. Wainwright is 200 kilomtres southeast of Edmonton.
Rhonda Fisekci, the Calgary-based casting director, says the actors will spend three to four weeks in Wainwright working with the military to create realistic scenarios.
"We're asking the Afghan people to play innocent villagers, religious leaders, policeman, interpreters and tribal leaders so we can create this environment for our recruits to go into [that is] as real as possible," she said.
Troops will learn about Afghan cultural, political and religious beliefs before heading out to the field, she said.
British and American armies use similar scenarios to train their recruits and they have been able to reduce casualties as a result, said Fisekci.
The actors can earn between $150 and $250 a day.
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