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J.P. Davis, the spouse of a 48th Medical Group airman, answers questions from Bob Farrell, of 2020 Casting, as part of a casting call near RAF Mildenhall last week. The talent agency is currently looking for 200 U.S. troops to star in Matt Damon's upcoming film.
J.P. Davis, the spouse of a 48th Medical Group airman, answers questions from Bob Farrell, of 2020 Casting, as part of a casting call near RAF Mildenhall last week. The talent agency is currently looking for 200 U.S. troops to star in Matt Damon's upcoming film. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)

BECK ROW — First Sgt. Bob Black relished the Hollywood experience last January when he played an extra as one of the secret agents chasing Matt Damon’s character in the blockbuster film “Bourne Ultimatum.”

The 95th Reconnaissance Squadron first sergeant looked to further his movie career as he came to a casting call near RAF Mildenhall hoping to land a role in Damon’s next film, which revolves around the Iraq war.

There are still plenty of open slots for others who didn’t make it to last week’s casting call at the Bird in Hand pub. The London-based talent agency 2020 Casting is currently on the hunt for 200 U.S. troops to be filmed between February and April in the U.K., Spain and Morocco.

Provisionally titled “The Green Zone,” the film is set in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the center of the international coalition. The plot follows Damon, leader of a U.S. Army mobile exploration team, as he and his team search for weapons of mass destruction in the first year of the Iraq war.

The film is an adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book, “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” and will be directed by “Bourne Ultimatum” and “United 93” director Paul Greengrass.

“It’s a very pro-military film,” casting assistant Becky Lennox said in between interviewing airmen for the film.

Lennox said that Greengrass is striving to bring the film credibility by using real military troops.

“He doesn’t want to get actors trying to pretend to do it,” Lennox continued. “He wants to give respect to the people that do it.”

Tech. Sgt. Paul Rasmussen, a K-9 trainer with the 48th Security Forces Squadron, is one of them. He recently returned from a deployment to Kirkuk, Iraq.

Rasmussen, 33, of Ashland, Ore., already has been accepted for the film after he attended a similar casting call about six weeks ago. This time he came along with his father, who is also vying for a role as an extra.

When asked if it was his combat experience that secured him a spot in the upcoming movie, he referred to his self-proclaimed handsome appearance.

“I think it’s because I’m so … sexy,” Rasmussen said jokingly, adding that he’ll be heading to Spain in February for filming.

A veteran of film work and looking for a role as well was J.P. Davis, a former Army specialist and now the military spouse of a 48th Medical Group airman.

The 34-year-old from Cincinnati said he played an extra in “Made of Honor,” starring Patrick Dempsey, and also in Tom Selleck’s “An Innocent Man.”

“It’s amazing how hot those lights are on the set,” Davis said about being on camera. “It’s a good time and they pay you pretty well, too.”

Extras for the upcoming film could earn up to $1,500 a week along with free airfare, meals and hotel accommodation.

“It will be such a fun time,” Lennox said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be in a major Hollywood movie.”

Interested in trying out as an extra in Matt Damon’s upcoming film? Send a resume and a photograph of yourself to military@2020casting.com. For more information on 2020 Casting, check out www.2020casting.com.

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