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27/09/00
Polanski Seeks Wannabe Stars
- Actors wanted for new film - no experience needed

FOR WANNABE actors it is the chance of a lifetime. No experience is necessary and budding thesps need only be 'sensitive, vulnerable and charismatic.' Those were the scant requirements for a part in director Roman Polanski's new film, as advertised in The Guardian this week.

Auditions for The Pianist, a film based on Polanski's personal experience in a Nazi war camp, are to take place next week. Organisers at The Actors Centre in Covent Garden are expected to be overwhelmed with those seeking fame and fortune.

A casting agent for the film said that the lead role is based on a Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who was saved from the concentration camps of Nazi Germany by his musical talents. "The story is so close to Polanski's own experience. He feels there is someone out there, and not necessarily an actor, who embodies what he feels about Szpilman."

Polanski, whose credits include Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown, will not be at the auditions. He hasn't been to the UK in over 20 years in fear he will be extradited to the US over an alleged rape of a girl in LA in 1977.




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