Director uses Skype for auditions

2012-09-10 10:28
Director David O Russell has used Skype for the first time to audition actors for his latest film and introduced the online video chat service to a village in India. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim, The Canadian Press, AP)

Director David O Russell has used Skype for the first time to audition actors for his latest film and introduced the online video chat service to a village in India. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim, The Canadian Press, AP)

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Toronto - Director David O Russell said on Sunday he used Skype for the first time to audition actors for his latest film Silver Linings Playbook and introduced the online video chat service to a village in India.

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence used Skype from her parents' home in Louisville, Kentucky, while Anupam Kher auditioned from a village in India using the free online text, voice and video service.

"It was the first time for me on any movie to Skype auditions," said Russell, who directed The Fighter (2010) and I Heart Huckabees (2004).

Kher said that when he auditioned over Skype for Russell, he was in a village in the Indian state of Rajasthan for another film.

"They had not heard of Skype and neither had I used Skype and the whole village was looking for Skype and it became like a folklore," Kher said at the premiere of his film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

"And now everybody uses Skype there," he added, without identifying the village in question.

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