Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant film seeking extras

Extras will portray passers-by and neighbors in some street scenes on Monday and Wednesday. The casting office will hire 500 paid extras to portray Oklahoma City Thunder fans at a home game.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: January 18, 2012
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The makers of the film “Thunderstruck,” which will star Kevin Durant, is seeking extras for a shoot next week in Oklahoma City.

Extras will portray passers-by and neighbors in some street scenes on Monday and Wednesday, Freihofer Casting has announced. On Tuesday, the casting office will hire 500 paid extras to portray Oklahoma City Thunder fans at a home game.

The casting office is looking for ages 11-70, and entire families and all ethnicities will be considered. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Extras must be available all day. On Tuesday, extras will begin in the early afternoon and will shoot into the night. Applicants may email a recent photo and all contact information to the casting office at Submissions@FreihoferCasting.com. The photo must be attached to the email, and the body of the email must include a name, city of residence, all phone numbers and an email address.

The Subject heading of the email should be THUNDERSTRUCK EXTRAS — (day(s) of availability). It is requested that all information is sent in one email.

Submissions must be received no later than noon Sunday.

DURANT DENIES STREETBALL HAD A NEGATIVE EFFECT

Durant fielded numerous questions over the past two days about whether rampant streetball games over the summer had a negative impact on NBA players. Durant responded each time by saying that hasn't been the case.

Ironically, Durant has been whistled for more palming violations than normal already this season. Playground basketball is notorious for letting traveling and palming violations slide, and many considered Durant's ball-handling his most improved attribute as they watched him dominate the streetball scene throughout the lockout.

“Yeah, they have, man,” said a smiling Durant when it was pointed out that referees have called his carries more frequently. “I got to stop playing with the ball so much. But that's always been a part of my game, handling the basketball. Maybe I got to tone it down a little bit. But I wouldn't blame it on the summer league games.”

SAUNDERS ON WESTBROOK

Washington coach Flip Saunders had high praise for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, specifically crediting the Thunder's point guard for developing his game since he entered the NBA in 2008 and evolving into a better all-around player.

Wednesday's box score: Washington 105, Oklahoma City 102


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