Idris Elba got more than he bargained for when the actor/director issued a social media post seeking paid extras for an upcoming project that he’s directing in London.
“PAID EXTRAS WANTED FOR FEATURE FILM,” declared the star of the upcoming “The Dark Tower” on Instagram. “The film, directed by IDRIS ELBA, is set in the African-Caribbean community of Hackney, in 1983 & we are looking for PAID EXTRAS.”
“Even a small part is a start,” Elba added in the comments.
As it turns out, Elba was a little too good in getting the word out, with significantly more aspiring actors turning up than anticipated.
In fact, BBC News reports that so many people showed up, the casting call became a dangerous scene that forced police to shut it down due to the size of the crowd.
“Officers attended the location and spoke with staff,” a spokesperson said. “The planned event — an audition — has been cancelled by the organizers following discussion with police.”
“I got there at about quarter past five or so, I thought I would be halfway down the line,” one of the attendees, Jaxx Nelson, told BBC News. “By the end of it there must have been a couple of thousand people there.”
The scene was chronicled by various attendees (including Nelson) via social media:
Following the shutdown of the casting call, Elba himself addressed the situation in a video he posted to Instagram.
“The response for the open casting has been unbelievable. Thank you so much for sharing the info and for coming down,” he said.
“We’ve only got until nine o’clock and already I’m asked to shut it down because of the numbers.” He suggested that those who were still interested could send their headshots to the production instead of showing up in person. Watch: