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- Both Nicolas
Cage and Mel Gibson were offered the part of Captain Tyne, but
with all of the special effects the film will require, there
wasn't enough budget to pay either of their huge salaries.
- Mark Wahlberg's
role (Bobby Shatford) was originally offered to Ben Affleck
- Mary Elizabeth
Mastrantonio will play the part of Captain Linda Greenlaw, the
world's only female swordfish boat captain. Greenlaw's boat, the
Hannah Boden, was the sister vessel to the ill-fated Andrea
- George Clooney
and Mark Wahlberg spent a night on a commercial fishing vessel
off the coast of New Jersey in an effort to get "in
character" for their roles in the movie.
- In addition to
being in Junger's book, Linda Greenlaw has since written her own
memoir of being a woman in a male-dominated profession, The
Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey.
- Production of
the film began July 26, 1999, in Los Angeles. Filming started
August 15, will move in September to Gloucester, and will return
to Los Angeles later in the fall. Filming may take as long as
four months -- until the middle of December [quite on schedule,
filming wrapped December 17th].
Kevin Fennessy Casting will hold an open casting call for paid
extras for The Perfect Storm Saturday in Gloucester.
Warner Bros. is also seeking resumes for crew members.
- More than 1,300
movie-extra hopefuls turned out during the open call Saturday in
Gloucester for spots in Warner Bros.' "The Perfect
Storm." Casting director Kevin Fennessy and his
Boston-based crew found 600 extras for the largest crowd scene -
a funeral at St. Ann's Church in Gloucester - including several
people who had attended the actual services for the ill-fated
crew of the Andrea Gail.
- Filming on the
North Shore for the film adaptation of Sebastian Junger's book
is scheduled to begin just after Labor Day, with construction
still taking place on the [sets for the] crew's local hangout,
the Crow's Nest.
- The film . . .
[is] to start shooting today in Gloucester for three weeks.
house ILM will provide computer graphics under the supervision
of Helen Elswit and practical effects will be supervised by John
Frazier (The Haunting, Armageddon).
- Filming on
special-effects shots for The Perfect Storm and water
scenes is already underway on the sound stage at the Warner
Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif.
- The Lady
Grace, a 72 foot longliner formerly working out of Ocean
City, Maryland, was purchased by Warner Bros. for the movie. It
sailed to the West coast in May for modifications and filming,
but has recently returned to the East coast. More filming of
fishing scenes is planned for September off the coast of New
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