New movie searches for Latino extras

Posted at: 09/28/2013 8:15 PM
Updated at: 09/28/2013 11:11 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Hollywood is coming back to the Land of Enchantment.

Filming on a small-budget film starring George Lopez will kick off in October right here in Albuquerque.

But right now the race is on to find more than a thousand extras.

Far Horizon Studio in Southeast Albuquerque is the stage as Tinseltown searches for movie extras.

The process is quick and to the point.

Casting agent, Elizabeth Gabel asks a young man:

“Would you be insulted if I hired you as a gang member?”

Juan Julian Quinones responds:

“Not at all, I just want a role.”

‘La Vida Robot’ stars George Lopez.

It is the true story of a group of undocumented Latino students from Phoenix who compete in the National Underwater Robotics Competition.

"It's around five, six million dollar budget. Probably 75 to 85 percent of that will be spent in New Mexico. It's being shot in New Mexico 100 percent," said Gabel.

Gabel’s casting agency is looking for 1,300 people to fill non-speaking roles.

"Most of those will be Hispanic and I'm really excited to hire some of our Hispanic actors and have them move up in the ranks," said Gabel.

"They said that they liked my look um, I mean, I guess I can just leave it at that. Sounds promising, right," said Quinones after his casting.

‘La Vida Robot’ is looking for Latinos ages two to 28 as well as Latino grandparents.

Vic Arguello says he has been an extra in 12 movies and many television shows.

"I was an extra on Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight," he said. "I've been in some movies that have gone straight to DVD, they were bad. But you get in there and you have a good time."

Being an extra also runs in Claudette Trudell’s family.

"I’ve seen my son on the big screen several times. He was the stand-in for Johnny Depp on the Loan Ranger," Trudell said.

While not the stars of the show, these folks are just glad Hollywood is seeking them out.

"Being Hispanic, Latino, I like it," Arguello said.