UPDATE FROM JON:
Today was another full, but great day here in India. Today we meet with the guys from Johny Lever at their hotel to do some casting. Very interesting does not begin to describe that experience!:) We saw some fine Indian actors. We saw one guy who after his audition…asked to do a scene from a Gregory Peck movie. The title escapes me at the moment but he did his scene…trying to mimic Gregory Peck’s voice and even adding all the sound effects to include wind, horses and gun fire! It was…in a word, surreal! Then to top it off five Indian women, age 19 to 21 come in with four Indian men. Brent and I both asked what was going on and no one really explained it very well. What we could gather was that the young women were actresses and the men were their friends who had come to accompany them. Once we finished with the casting as it were, we…hang on, also the hotel that we were in was modeled after a medieval castle!! Again, very surreal. After that we took off to find a suitable dance club. We saw four of them…two of them were amazing and will work very well. “Touch” and “Spoil” were the clubs we liked and will probably use. Overall a great day and finish to our first week of pre production. Tomorrow I get to hang with Persis. I missed seeing her today. We are building a relationship that I hope will pay off in spades on set.
UPDATE FROM BRENT:
Today was interesting for sure. We left our hotel and headed to meet Sid, Harry and Immi at their hotel – a Best Western – nearby in Hyderabad. It looked like a medieval castle from the outside and the inside. The rooms were named after the Knights of the Round Table. Somewhat odd, but very thematic! We headed up to one of the rooms – Perceval, I think – and set up for casting. It was kind of an odd casting arrangement being in a hotel room and all. Very interesting talent came in throughout the day – all shapes, sizes, ages, etc. At several times, Jon and I looked at each other and just shrugged our shoulders. . It would have been great to have had Bev (our Casting Director) here – if for no other reason than to share the experience with her!
After almost five hours in that hotel room, we left to scout a few local clubs. We found two great ones – Spoil (which has incredible views of the entire Hyderabad skyline) and Touch (all white with a sub-zero room and cool, hanging, sheers that divided one side from the other). Outside of both clubs, we were approached by the very poor…asking us for money for food. This is exactly how Ezekiel meets Bhupinder and Kavya outside of the club. We found such opulence inside the club, and incredible poverty and need right outside. While we were scouting, we met a local model, Stella, who wanted to audition for us as well. After her audition, she stayed with us for the final two clubs – the ones that we’ll actually use in the film. So, we owe her many thanks for helping us find them. She’ll appear in the movie somewhere.
We dropped Sid, Harry and Immi at their hotel and thanked them for another great day. We’ll meet up with them again in Mumbai next week. Jon and I were glad to arrive back at our hotel after another long day.
We look forward to mornings and evenings when we can connect with our family via Skype. It’s great to at least be able to see and talk with them. They are the reason why being away this long is very difficult. But, God knows this and we trust Him for it all.
It’s great getting pictures/videos from the USA, too! My sister sent the one below to me today – it was entitled “Supporters” – so fun! We appreciate the encouragement and knowing that you’re along on the journey with us. We’ll post em, if you send em! 🙂 Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s our verse from today… Isaiah 40:28-31 says, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the end of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
His strength is perfect.
Below is a video update to show you a few of the things we mentioned…
We hope you have a great weekend and we will resume our daily updates on Monday!