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The open casting call for extras for “Sex and the City 2” sought out “international types, professional soccer players, fashion models, urban club goers, gays and lesbians, celebrity types and upscale socialites.” And the wide swath of characters — both professional and amateur — that flocked to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea on a sunny Tuesday afternoon reflected just that.
Carrie Bradshaw wannabees, outlandish gay boyfriends, fashionistas in body-hugging dresses and playboys in Italian suits lined up around the block for the brief meet-and-greet with casting directors for the sequel to last year’s hit chick flick. The orderly crowd moved surprisingly fast, with most spending about 45 minutes in line before getting inside.
Fashionwise, it seemed most seized the opportunity to pay their respects to the movie’s high-low style maestro, Patricia Field. They came decked out in looks ranging from mainstream to outlandish, club chic to downtown grifter, fabulous to freaky, Manhattan Mall to Madison Avenue. For one woman, however, it was more the chance to get dolled up.
“I wore this on July 4,” said Ruth, an actress who described herself as “a senior” and wore a blue-and-white jumpsuit and red heels. “I never wear heels this high. I had knee replacement surgery a year and a half ago, and I couldn’t wear heels that much. I’m glad these are comfortable today.”
Some even came with props — designer shopping bags, yoga mats, flowers, small children and large breasts — as a way to stand out from the crowd.
Though there was no preference for roles — the dream was just to be a part of the movie — some didn’t hesitate to offer suggestions. Dale, a fiftysomething actor in a Calvin Klein suit sporting the blonde hair and white veneered teeth of a newscaster, saw himself as an “Upper East Side chic male.” Danae, a Fashion Institute of Technology student wearing a hot pink pantsuit and oversize glasses, aimed for “regular Manhattan socialite.”
“My homeboys, they bartend. So I’m always at the exclusive clubs — Marquee, Pink Elephant, Cain, the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop. I’m always at the spot,” she said.