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Are You A One Armed Woman Who Likes Westerns?? (No, This Isn't A Fetish Piece...)

Merrick here...
The Coens are currently filming TRUE GRIT down Austin way and they're lookin' for a one-armed woman. To use. In the movie, I mean.
MOVIE CASTING NOTICE Paramount Pictures is seeking a WOMAN MISSING HER LEFT ARM to be a photo double in the film, TRUE GRIT, a new film by Joel & Ethan Coen. Character description: Photo double for adult Mattie Ross: This woman must be MISSING HER LEFT ARM. Optimally, she would be around 5'8", 138 lbs, slender to medium build. However, we are open to various looks. To submit: Please do so asap! Send photos, measurements & contact information to Photos should be non-glamorous, simple snapshots (incl face and body. It's best to wear a tank top & shorts). Measurements should include height, weight, bust, waist & hips. Include age, phone numbers & place of residence. Approrpriate candidates may also call our office at 512-637-6775. Rate of pay: TBD Note: TRUE GRIT is shooting in Austin, TX. However, we are open to nationwide submissions.
If you're interested in looking into this further, please note the "submit ASAP" specificity in the announcement.
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  • March 30, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    did she only have one arm in the book?

    by steelerman

    its been a while since ive seen the movie, but i remember mattie having both arms, or am i wrong?

  • March 30, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    by Dongalore

    I WOULD GIVE MY LEFT ARM FOR A ROLE LIKE THIS!!!! but not my penis.

  • March 30, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I don't want to see this.

    by billybigbollocks

    Yes I get it, it was a book b4 John Wayne. Yes I get it, it's Jeff Bridges who I think is great. But NO,NO,NO. I will not see this movie, nobody can or should EVER re-make a John Wayne film. END OF !

  • March 30, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Not to sound faceitious, wouldn't it be easier

    by Ironworks

    just to go directly to the war amps, or a VA hospital?

  • March 30, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by umbral_shadow_

    They do know that some nut job is going to cut off her left arm just to get a shot at Hollywood, right?

  • March 30, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    True Grit?

    by The StarWolf

    Wasn't there a John Wayne movie by that name? Oh, wait, there was! Another remake? *sigh*

  • March 30, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    So worth having a sex change

    by Talkbacker with no name

    and chopping your arm off for!

  • March 30, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Oh StarWolf, you've been out of the movie game for awhile

    by D.Vader


  • March 30, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Rip torn will today forever be known as..

    by emeraldboy

    the man who mistook his house for a bank. Rip torn faces 5 years in jail after he walked in to a bank with a loaded gun in his pocket. He argued that he mistook the bank for his house. If this was ireland he would be out in two years. he hasnt been jailed yet. but that tag line will stick.

  • March 30, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    ummm emeraldboy?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    That has what to do with this story?

  • March 30, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    On Rip Torn...

    by onezeroone

    Anyone here played God of War III? Check out the VA video in making of section, he could convincingly plead insanity.

  • March 30, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I love emeraldboy's posts.

    by ebonic_plague

    I imagine them read by Paul Harvey. Doing a Christopher Walken impression. I don't know why. But I do. And in that spirit. Once they find this one-armed woman they should keep her on deck for the Preacher movie. To play the one-armed woman in that

  • March 30, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by henrydalton

    That happened a while ago... why bring it up now?

  • March 30, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Bring on Yiddish Policemen's Union

    by JohnnyLaBamba

  • March 30, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital

    by DagnyT

    The producers should contact Walter Reed. Many soldiers, some of them women, have lost limbs in the Iraq war. This is a chance for one of them to earn some money.

  • March 30, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    The Dude does the Duke, huh?

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    Bridges is cast in the John Wayne role. I can't see that at all. Come to think of it, my interest is piqued.

  • March 30, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    why bring it up now..

    by emeraldboy

    It was only just reported here in Ireland and the UK. Sky news showed the footage of rip torns drunken arrests.

  • March 30, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Never seen the Wayne flick. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I feel like I'd be excited for the Coens' even if I had. I hope the Bros aren't lying through their teeth and saying they never saw the orignal film like Burton did w/ Willie Wonka.

  • March 30, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    should be an HBO series. Only way to do it justice.<P> Saint of Killers!

  • March 30, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    "Hmnnn... Do we pay someone to do a Photoshop, or..."

    by ricarleite2

    "... do we just hire this miserable armless freak to humiliate her for peanuts? Hmn...."

  • March 30, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Photoshop seems the logical candidate

    by judge dredds fresh undies

  • March 30, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Do you Photoshop people realize . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . they need her for more than a friggin' movie poster? That she'll be IN the film? I think you are supposed to be bitching about CGI, not Photoshop.

  • March 30, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Remake of Bad Day at Bad Rock instead?

    by CerebralAssassin

    Or The Fugitive.

  • March 30, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Amputee fetishist...

    by umbral_shadow_

    How do we know this ad isn't a fake put out by an amputee fetishist desperate for photos of slim women with one arm? It's a thought...

  • March 30, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Reminds me a classic Graiglist posting

    by ricarleite2

    "Do you like to play Super Mario Bros while taking it on the ass? This post is for you. M4W."

  • March 30, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by ricarleite2

    I misread it as being photo SHOOT double.

  • March 30, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by frozen01

    I think they were using it as a verb, not talking about the actual program. As in "Why don't you just photoshop that out." But proper use of the English language aside, if it worked for Forrest Gump...

  • March 30, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man 3

    by Anything But Tangerines

    There is a precedent

  • March 30, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Freakiest personal ad I've ever read

    by Royston Lodge

    Merrick has really specific tastes.

  • March 30, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    I don't get it either. You can't tell me they can't shoot around it... or use cgi...photoshop...etc. on the arm.

  • March 30, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    think out of the box... gheez. You don't need an amputee, etc. for this.

  • March 30, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Readaptation may be a better description

    by PurityOfEssence

    I think the film is a more accurate adaptation of the novel, and isn't using the Wayne film as its source.

  • March 30, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I says 'photo double'

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I assumed that meant they need ONE PHOTO of an amputee for a prop.

  • March 30, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Just chop off Frances McDormand's arm and be done with it

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • March 30, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Are You A One Breast Woman Who Likes Porno?

    by ominus

    then here is your chance to be a part of a porno movie.Auteur film-maker of pornographic films,Antonio Analioni is searching his next protagonist for his new porn film: "One breast is better than none" <p>Any woman with one breast who is interest,should contact asap.ATTENTION: we are looking for women who are missing their RIGHT breast,not the LEFT one.

  • March 30, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    In the novel

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Maddie has her arm amputated after being bit by the rattlesnake.

  • March 30, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    and also

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    the nasty break that she suffered in the fall.

  • March 30, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Yes, steelerman, she looses her arm in the book.

    by SnootyBoots

    In the book she looses her arm from the snake bite you may remember from the original movie. Which, I assume, means the Coen's are going with the book's ending. The different ending of the original movie is the only major divergence from the book. Otherwise it's incredibly faithful. Wouldn't surprise me if it's the only major divergence from the movie the Coens are making.

  • March 30, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    One-eyed Lebowski

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Cogburn will not be wearing an eyepatch in the Coens' film

  • March 30, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by steelerman

    Thanks for the explaination. I'm going to find and read the book the first chance I get. This movie is one of my favorites and I hope the Cohens do it justice.

  • March 30, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    what's a photo double?

    by punto

    anyway, they shouldn't have too much trouble, they've been at war for like 7 years? I bet there's plenty of amputees to choose from in their army

  • March 30, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    A double makes sense...

    by Horned One

    Yeah, they technically could use CGI to remove the arm, and probably will for many shots, but why not get a double for the distance or odd angle shots? It would save quite a lot of time and money.

  • March 30, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Switzerland


  • March 30, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Or they could just, you know, erase the arm digitally

    by OutsideChance

    ...seems like a good example of when special digital effects make sense.

  • March 31, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Maybe the coens don't wnat to use cgi

    by Talkbacker with no name

    If you don't have to spend money on cgi why use it? Seems like an exspensive fix to me. Do what they used to do in the old days and use a person. Easy.

  • March 31, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    One ARM is good for making a jerkofff...

    by DickBallsworth

    To make a semen on her brest, this is the PORNO STULE of the classic west. THIS MOVEIS WILL MAKE MILION OF DOLAR!!!1

  • April 7, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    by STLost

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