hundreds of short people try out for elven roles...

wannabe elves queue for hours... reports:

People queued for about two hours for the Elf extras call for the Hobbit at Te Whaea Men had to be taller than 183 cm and women 175 cm. Rowan Fordham, 32 , left, Samantha Lee, 21 and Max Austin, 42. Max came from the Blue Mountains, Australia to audition he works in the film industry as a fight scene choreographer.

Some tried to stack the odds with platform heels, but there was no fooling casting agents on the hunt for elvish folk.

Hundreds of people flocked to Te Whaea dance and drama centre in Newtown on Saturday in response to a casting call for The Hobbit, seeking people to play elves and elven riders in the Lord of the Rings precursors, which are due to start shooting next month.
The audition called for men over 1.83m tall and women over 1.75m, aged between 17 and 40.
Wellington woman Carys Lloyd, 24 and 1.85m tall, said she arrived 15 minutes before the advertised time, and there were already about 200 people ahead of her.
''There were some girls in really, really high heels and they would have had to wait for three hours just to get turned away because they were too short.''

She and her husband waited for about two hours in line for their turn.
''We got in the room, they took our height, measured our head circumference, bust, waist, hips and shoe size, took a close-up and a full-body shot, and that was it.
''It was literally a two-hour wait for two minutes inside.''
Ms Lloyd said despite the cold wind that kept those in line shivering during their wait, she did not mind all the standing around.
''It was just good practice for if we do get in, because I know it's just going to be a full-on day of waiting around. ''But I just want to experience it and see what it's like it'd be cool to be able to say I was in a movie.''

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