Friday, February 14, 2014

Daryl McCormack Describes Episode VII Audition Process

By: Dominic Jones

One actor who was apparently in strong consideration for a role in Star Wars Episode VII was Daryl McCormack.  Unfortunately for the young Irish Actor, he was not cast in the film despite making it to the final round of auditions.  Fortunately for us, he is now able to share his audition experience.  McCormack spoke with the Irish website where he talked about his experience,

"It came down to experience mostly," Daryl told the Herald. 

"I got through as far as I could and that's amazing, I'm thrilled about that."

It all started when he turned up to Croke Park last November for an open casting and within hours had turned producers' heads. 

"After the first stage there was a call back that afternoon and we had to play out a scene from 'The Hunger Games' to the camera," he said.

"A couple of weeks later they rang me to record two scenes from the actual 'Star Wars' film for them and send it over. I had almost forgotten about it at that point so I was delighted."

Daryl had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to reveal any details about the scenes he was given, as producers want the storyline to be kept a surprise for fans when it is released in 2015. 

"In January there were the final call backs in London and I was one of them," Daryl said. 

"There were very few of us there and it was a fantastic experience - we were in a proper studio acting out scenes from the movie."

He added: "It was really exciting for me to get to do an audition of that scale and make it that far. The fact that I know I'm on their radar now too is beyond anything I expected."

What I finds the most fascinating is that Daryl's audition process began with the open casting calls held in December, which many wrote off as a publicity stunt.  Turns out Lucasfilm was actually looking for actors, not just press.  

Even though he didn't make it into the film, congrats to Daryl for making it so far into the process, something so many fans could only dream of doing.  We shall watch his career with great interest!


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