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.
“His development over the last three years has been phenomenal,” Saunders said. “He was a guy who when he first came in was very one-dimensional. He played because he was athletic. But now, he's understanding the game more and he's improved his perimeter shot a lot. He's able to do so many more things and be more multi-dimensional in how he plays.”
Westbrook scored a game- and season-high 36 points with five rebounds and seven assists on 14-for-26 shooting in Wednesday's 105-102 loss to Washington.
Wizards coach Saunders on Durant — “I said Kevin (Garnett) is the most versatile player probably to ever play the game; his overall game as far as offense and defense. But Durant's kind of in a league by himself. His ability to score at his size and score from where he scores from makes him pretty much unguardable.”
Former Thunder forward Jeff Green attended Wednesday's game. Green, who was traded to Boston last season, is out for the year after heart surgery. Green sat courtside beneath the basket in front of the Wizards bench and journeyed into the Thunder's locker room after the game to speak to his former teammates. Green declined an interview request. Asked if he had anything to say to fans in Oklahoma, Green said, “Tell them I said hello.”…Saunders, before the game, called the Thunder's four-man rotation of big men the best in the league. …Wizards fans booed forward Andray Blatche during pre-game introductions and booed the Wizards as a team throughout the first quarter. …The Thunder finished with 15 assists and 21 turnovers against the Wizards. It was the fifth time this season that the Thunder has had more turnovers than assists. …Washington's 19 offensive rebounds tied the Thunder's opponent high for this season. Memphis had that much in the third game of the season. …Oklahoma City shot just 4-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line Wednesday, setting a season-low for 3-point accuracy.
The Thunder will take Thursday off and travel to New Jersey, where Oklahoma City will face the Nets on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.