A casting call for extras in Sir Peter Jackson's movie The
Hobbit had to close its doors early on Saturday after being
overwhelmed with hopefuls.
"There was enough concern that police attended," Senior
Sergeant Steve Braybrook told NZ Newswire.
More people turned up than expected at Belmont Hall in Lower
Hutt and the organiser decided to "call it quits", he said.
The location of the hall near State Highway 2 had contributed
to the situation.
The way people were queuing was exposing them to risk and
there were reports of people parking on side roads and
crossing the motorway to get to the venue, Sen Sgt Braybrook
Radio New Zealand reported about 3000 people turned up, when
production company 3foot7 was expecting 1200.
About 800 people got through the door, 3News reported.
The production company was looking for men under 163cm and
women under 155cm, big men with "character faces" over 175cm,
men with large biceps, women with character faces and long
Those playing elves were required to be slim and between
165cm and 203cm.
Hopefuls needed to be over 16.
People came from around New Zealand and from overseas.
"They measure you and take a photo," one hopeful who got
through the door said.