Posted by Elaine on October 13, 1998 at 16:46:00:
In Reply to: Re: Casting posted by Karen on October 13, 1998 at 11:16:00:
: I give credit to the people who go out and find these actors. I would like to know how, when and where they get their information relating to actors and how they pick them for certain movies. I think "Last of the Mohican" is a great movie and I too am an "ERIC SCHWEIG" fan. I would like to see more of him and also in a starring role. He was not very well known until this movie. Does anyone know how he was found, interviewed, etc. Thanks. I will continue to view this site.
Eric Schweig, like most every other LOTM cast member, auditioned for the role of Uncas. Typically, an actor's agent will be sent a script or hear of a project and submit a demo & resume to the casting director. If he/she is interested, an audition takes place. Though a director certainly has the final word and sometimes seeks out a particular actor (in this case; Michael Mann & DDL), it is primarily the casting director who hires for a film. LOTM's incredible casting is the work of Bonnie Timmerman.
Here's Eric Schweig's own account of his LOTM role;
"I've been with PRIME TALENT for about three years and they audition all over the United States and Canada. And they came to Vancouver and I auditioned once down here and then flew to Los Angeles and auditioned once or twice there on the same day and then flew back ... flew back down for another one and then flew to North Carolina for two more. And I was told at 7 a.m. the next morning that I was hired! Gees, about time!!!"
Interesting note; the role of Chingachgook was auditioned for by both Russell Means & Dennis Banks. As we know, Means landed the biggie while Banks portrayed Ongewasgone. (Uncle Wiscone to his Mohicanland friends!)
While Eric Schweig's focus is currently on his Inuit Masks, he is still pursuing his film career. Who knows what the future may hold?
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