Thousands Show Up For Casting Call

By Mathew Luschek
|  Sunday, Jan 30, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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Thousands Show Up For Casting Call

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Actors Scott Bakula, Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh speak onstage at the "The Informant!" press conference held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 11, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

About 2,000 people showed up Saturday afternoon at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, for a chance to be an extra in the upcoming Matt Damon film, reports the Chronicle.

"Contagion" which will be directed by Steven Soderbergh, will have a couple scenes shot in the city. One scene calls for thousands of extras, at Candlestick Park.

"We may or may not get a vaccine for this disease - I can't tell you," Rich King, of Rich King Casting, told the crowd, jokingly calling "Contagion" "the feel-good movie of the summer." "There's a big scene at Candlestick Park where we save or don't save you. I can't tell you."

King told the hopeful extras to expect long days and, unless they were being paid union wages, about $64 for the first eight hours, plus meals.

Filming in San Francisco begins in early February.

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