Socorro County is playing host to the filming of another major motion picture.
Warner Brothers has announced the beginning of production of the movie “Cry Macho.” The production is scheduled to run Nov. 16-30 at a currently unannounced place in Socorro County. Clint Eastwood will direct and star in “Cry Macho.”
The casting director, Marty Cherrix, is currently wanting to sign up locals for extras in the film.
“We are complying with all New Mexico state and CDC health guidelines for COVID-19. Everyone will be tested before starting work,” Cherrix said. “We are searching for Hispanics, all ages, sizes and ethnicities — a full diversity for various town scenes. So, I need lots of people in all kinds of scenes, and even kids, 9 to 17.”
She said extras will be paid $120 for eight hours, and for more than eight hours, extras will get paid overtime.
“You are guaranteed $120 even if we finish your scenes in less than eight hours,” she said. “What’s more, if you have a drivable vintage car or pickup truck from the 1960s through 1978 that we can use in your scenes, we pay an extra bump of $250.
That’s in addition to the $120 for eight hours.
“I don’t care what they look like as long as they can drive on the highway. Like a dusty old truck. That’s what we’re looking for.”
If you would like to be considered for these scenes, email two current photos — a close up and full body length. Include a recent photo of your vehicle, if applicable, and a brief description along with your photo.
Email info to email@example.com and make sure the subject line of the email is “Socorro”
Include your name, age, cell phone number, city and state of residence, height and weight, jacket size, neck/sleeve, casual clothing sizes, shoe size, and description of any visible tattoos and/or piercings.
“If this is the first time you’ve been doing this kind of work, you’ll never look at the movie the same way,” she said. “You realize this is the scene you’re in and then see how that transposes when the movie comes out a year or two later.”
Although Cherrix has done casting for numerous major motion pictures and shows such as “The Originals,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Cider House Rules,” “Into the Wild,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Minnesota,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Flight” among others, she said Socorro has been near and dear to her heart since the filming of “Contact,” staring Jodie Foster, in the mid-1990s.
“That was my first job as a member of a casting department, as a casting assistant,” she said. “It was where I really learned the ropes. I sort of felt like we took over the whole town.
“Our offices were, like, in a motel there. We had Blackhawk helicopters landing. It was just a magical experience and it was a really big movie.”
Cherrix said she hasn’t visited Socorro since then but looks forward to another opportunity.
“One of the things I still enjoy about this job, I get out to meet real people — that's r-e-a-l people," she said.