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Feb 22, 2011

Casting Director Rene Haynes talks about Robert Pattinson and the Wolfpack

Despite all the glitz of the Oscars, “it really is a myth that this is a glamorous business,” said Rene Haynes, whose speciality is casting Native Americans in films and mini-series. “Filmmakers are all very hard-working people who sacrifice a lot for their art.”
Haynes enjoyed casting Native Americans for the popular vampire film “Twilight” sequels “New Moon” and “Eclipse,” notably as characters that morph into giant wolves. Fans of “Twilight” were enthusiastic.
“It was like being at the center of a really crazy pop-culture cyclone,” Haynes said. She’s proud of the young native actors she cast for the “Twilight” films, including “great new faces” such as Australian actor Xavier Samuel.
“I am not part of the casting team of the last two films in the series,” Haynes said in an e-mail interview. “However, it hasn’t stopped the flow of ‘Twilight’-related e-mail I get every week, mostly from people that want to know if I can ask Rob Pattinson to attend their birthday party. Sorry; that answer will always be no.”
Haynes lately has been casting for the film “Winter in the Blood,” based on the James Welch novel, for filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith, who “have written a great script,” she said. More than 500 Montanans have already auditioned, with filming expected to begin during the summer.

Vía SpunkRansom and GossipDance 


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