The big kahuna of "Rock of Ages" casting calls will be held Monday when Tom Cruise puts on his Stacee Jaxx persona to film concert scenes at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. So they're only looking for a few thousand extras to rock out like it's 1987 to songs such as "Wanted: Dead Or Alive" and "Don't Stop Believin'."
Or as director Adam Shankman tweeted: "If u want to c a sick concert & b in & a part of #rockofagesmovie & c cast perform, here's your chance."
The filming will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. or as long as it takes to get what they want. Other performers may include Mary J. Blige, Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough. The rest of the cast includes Alec Baldwin, Brian Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand.
Extras must be 16 or older and are asked to dress the part, with period hair, makeup and all-black outfits. No cameras or recording devices will be permitted.
Prize giveaways will take place every half hour, and TomCruise.com will give a "special gift" to the person(s) providing the "getting ready" or parking lot picture or video that best personifies "the bestest and most mega jammin' rock-pounding, face-melting '80s rock god or goddess."
"Rock of Ages" starring Cruise as the womanizing rocker Stacee Jaxx, tells the story of a boy from South Detroit and a small-town girl who move to Los Angeles in 1987 to live their rock 'n' roll dreams. Much of the filming has taken place in locations around South Florida, including the scene above, with Cruise performing at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale.
Adam Shankman, director of the big-screen adaptation of Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” during a scene while Tom Cruise, who plays Stacee Jaxx, a womanizing rocker, dangles from a pole singing “Rock Me Like A Hurricane.” Adam confided that leading the All-Star cast of Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin,, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Mary J. Blige. is, “completely crazy…with all the dancing, and the singing. I just sit back and go ‘what am I making!?’
Tom says filming the movie is “fun. I’ve never done a musical, and I’m having a blast. Learning a lot. I’ve always loved music. Theres nothing like trying to do something yourself to give you an even greater appreciation for what this art form is. Its fantastic. I love this character, and working with Adam and the cast, and everyone there is just outstanding across the board.”
Tom details the songs that he will be singing in the film due out sometime next year saying, “I sing “Pour Some Sugar” [by Def Leppard]. Its outrageous. I sing “Dead or Alive” [by Jon Bon Jovi]. Oh god, I sing “Rock Me Like A Hurricane [by Scorpions].”
Tom outlined the opportunity for fans to participate in a pivotal concert scene in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area as a glam rocking extra to fill the arena for a once-in-a-lifetime show from the all-star cast. Participants are encouraged to bring friends to the shoot, which will feature such classic songs as Bon Jovi‘s “Dead or Alive” and Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin’. [READ MORE] ” Tom encourages saying, “Its going to be alot of fun. They are going to be able to see these characters, the music, and performing it. Its a concert scene that we shoot on Monday. Its “Dead or Alive” and it goes into where Stacee Jaxx is performing in a stadium. So theres going to be a big show there. Then its another song that we have “Don’t Stop Believing” that the whole cast will be there with Diego and Julianne!”
Listen to the full interview below to hear what Tom Cruise has to say about Julianne Hough as not only a professional dancer, but also as an actress!
'Rock of Ages’ extras stream into stadium for ‘concert’
Monday afternoon was the chance to get an early look at Tom Cruise as a rock star and be part of movie history.
New Line Cinemas Rock of Ages has issued an open casting call for anyone 16 or older to show up at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens for the filming of a concert scene.
Cruise’s character, rocker Stacee Jaxx, was to rock the crowd with his version of Bon Jovi’s Wanted: Dead or Alive. The concert scene also includes performances by co-stars Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta.
The goal was to assemble a crowd of 5,000 people ready to take a trip back in the musical time warp with the sounds of 1980s rock hits like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.
Director Adam Shankman asked everyone to come dressed in their 1980s best, complete with big hair, make-up and all black rockin’ clothes.
Rock of Ages hits theaters in June 2012 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie, which is based on the Broadway musical, continues to film in various locations around Miami-Dade County through August.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- It's all about the 80s, as some lucky locals got to star alongside some Hollywood A-listers.
About 1,000 people arrived at Sun Life Stadium to be extras in the upcoming movie "Rock of Ages," Monday. The extras arrived in 80s style costumes, hair, makeup and clothes. "My mom told me about this, and I just got dressed as fast as I could," said Yael Sheh, one of the extras in the movie.
"Rock of Ages" is a Broadway musical turned into a movie featuring Tom Cruise. The extras met at the stadium and were then bused to the Hard Rock in Hollywood to be part of an 80s concert scene. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Alex Jacobson said.
Rock of Ages is scheduled to hit movie theaters in June of 2012.
Tom Cruise Bared Chest, Conjured Steve Perry for Rock of Ages Filming
Tom Cruise fans were tickled pink while dressed all in black at the Hard Rock Casino yesterday during the six-hour filming of the final scene of his upcoming film, Rock of Ages.
Cruise and the fictitious band Arsenal joined Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough and Mexican actor and singer Diego Boneta onstage for a series of rowdy one-minute clips of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Cruise performed a solo clip of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" sans shirt. Our job, as extras, was to cheer loudly and wave the sign of the horns at Maverick doing his music thang onstage. When you're doing something like this, it's always a relief when you don't recognize anyone else in the crowd. Though the call for extras brought us to Sun Life Stadium, upon arrival, about 400 of us -- not too different from a weekday Marlins crowd -- were told to leave their phones in their cars, get on school buses, and be driven through the rain to Hollywood (Florida, of course). Because we had no phones, we have no pictures. Don't worry; it'll look better on the big screen.
The crowd was, not surprisingly, mostly women with big hair. It was very diverse and included people of all ages over 16. We were herded behind the fancy extras and told to stand elbow-length apart. Some of us were a little confused about the decade, sporting Pink Floyd T's. Wardrobe came around checking to make sure we were all dressed appropriately in black, handing out cut-up T's to the noncompliant. A crew member came bearing lighters to wave at the stage and burn our little mitts.
Director Adam Shankman warmed us up a little, while Hough and Boneta walked about the stage, waving and taking photos. Everyone looked relaxed and like they were having a good time. A voice ordered everyone off stage, and out came the man himself, Mr. Cruise.
The audience lost its shit. He was wearing a cowboy hat and an open, sleeveless, buttoned-down shirt. His chest was exposed, ladies. The flames on the guitar screamed Hollywood metal, woo-woo! A clip of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" played about five times, and Hough and Boneta came out back to back dancing across the set. They were the stars of this scene. The crowd went wild. Immediately, girls jumped on the shoulders of their dude friends and bodies were bouncing. It was incredible how everyone got into the song so quickly. Tom Cruise is no Steve Perry, but he did all right. He sang his songs for the movie, and even though outside of his role in Magnolia he makes us cringe, we have to admit, his voice ain't so bad.
During an extended break, the guys and gals of the crew kept us busy with snacks and giveaways. Watching the light guys haul a bazillion pounds of metal onto the stage was really neat (nerd stuff).
The most engaging and entertaining part for us extras was when the music producer, Adam Anders, who also works on Glee, and music supervisor Matt Sullivan conducted us through a singalong. All us regular folk sounded quite lovely as we sang a few lines from Journey and Jon Bon. We had to sing along during the "Wanted Dead or Alive" takes, and cheers to us. We were good.
The lights turned red for the Bon Jovi portion of the filming, and can we say, people looked better in the dim room. Is that mean? For about 45 minutes, we just stood around like the antsy concert crowd we were. The film's choreographer ran through Cruise's moves onstage, and the choreographer was one smooth dude. It was clear Tom would't be able to replicate this guy's fluidity; this guy is a real dancer. When a topless, inked Cruise came out onstage, he actually straightened up the choreography and made it look like a less corny version of a successful hair band's act. He had some sort of a face or devil or heart tattooed on his left breast and angel wings on his back. Let's hope those aren't real.
It was funny: No matter where we found ourselves, it was next to the other two least enthusiastic crowd members. Guess you won't see us on film. Every time Cruise did something actorly, it was hard not to be a mean old cynical eye roller, but the truth is, he's good at what he does. After the scene wrapped, the natives were restless. The crew was luring us to stay in the hopes of winning two Fender guitars signed by the stars in a raffle. After being there for five hours, it was time to go. So we handed our raffle ticket over to a young lady and hit the road. A crew member said there'd be an outdoor scene, but the rain threatened to squash that. We'll just have to wait and see what happens when the film comes out next June.
“Workin’ hard to get my fill, everybody wants a thrill ….”
Most people know the words to Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believing,” but I got to sing it in a movie.
I was one of hundreds of South Floridians who answered the open call for unpaid extras for concert scenes in the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.”
I was prepared to have my face melted off, but my fears about extreme heat and forecasted thunderstorms were allayed when I found out we’d be filming indoors at Hard Rock Live. That’s right: Hollywood, Calif., came to Hollywood, Fla.
Unpaid extras, who were instructed to come dressed in all black, with ’80s hair and makeup, sat in the arena’s first tier, while paid extras, who had arrived early in the morning for professional wardrobing, makeup and hairstyles, crowded the floor in front of the stage. There were four cameras catching all of the action.
I looked at the crowd around me, some dressed in their ’80s headbanger finest, with teased hair and black accessories to match. There were some band T-shirts, including Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Guns ’n Roses and the Ramones. One guy came in a white linen suit with a keyboard tie. He, and others who had dressed inappropriately, were given black T-shirts emblazoned with “Arsenal,” the name of the band in the film.
The lighting rigs on stage, according to a neighboring extra, looked “just like they did when Van Halen toured in 1988.”
When Tom Cruise walked onstage, the extras screamed, and he smiled and waved back. (Our first glimpse of him was in full costume and long hair with a hat, but we’d see him shirtless and tattooed later on. Sorry, they didn't permit cameras.) The music for “Don’t Stop Believing” began, and Cruise lip-synched to his prerecorded vocals. In the middle of the song, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta ran onstage and joined in.
The extras pumped their fists and clapped along for several takes.
The unpaid extras were called to the floor and director Adam Shankman thanked us for being there. Then, we did our thing – singing, dancing, raising prop lighters and more fist pumping – which got tiring after a while!
Then, it was back to our seats for a snack and waiting for the next scene: Cruise, as Stacee Jaxx, jumped off a riser and performed Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” several times.
We were called to the floor again to sing along. This time, I got to watch from the very front. It was a great view of Cruise's winning smile and fake tattoos.
Again, after four takes, we went back to the seats, where we recorded some additional crowd vocals, and watched as they filmed the scene with pyrotechnics. I’m not gonna lie: It was awesome!
And then, it was over. Shankman came out and thanked us for our enthusiasm – I can’t write his exact words – and said there would be one more surprise. Cruise was not ready to give up being a rock star yet. He launched into a performance of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” giving it all he had. We could tell he was really into it, and loved every minute of the attention we gave him.
And I had the time of my life.
Look (and listen) for me in theaters in June 2012.