12.20.2011

commercial casting call for soul calibur's mitsurugi



Take a look at this recent commercial casting call for Soul Caliber, the popular video game, for the role of "Mitsurugi." I'm not too familiar with the game, so I had to do a little research (i.e. Wikipedia), but you'd be correct to assume that the character, as the name would indicate, is Japanese. But note what the casting call specifies under ethnicity:
SOUL CALIBER NON UNION
Role Name: MITSURUGI

Project Details

Posted On: Dec 13, 2011
Casting In: Los Angeles
Project Type: Commercial
Casting Dates: Casting: December 15, 2011 Callback:
Casting Company: RMB Casting
Submissions Due By:

Project Notes:
RUN IS IN PERPETUITY. PRINT NOT INCLUDED IN RATE - AS IT STANDS NOW, NO PLANS FOR PRINT.NO CALLBACKS - CLIENT WILL CAST OFF OF THURSDAY SESSION. ONLY DOING 1 DAY. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT TALENT THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR AUDITION ON THURSDAY AND SHOOT ON 12/22 - IN LA

Shoot Dates: December 22, 2011 - December 22, 2011

Role Criteria

Gender: Male
Ethnicities: Asian and Caucasian
Age Range: 18-25

Details

Description:
Athletic build. Muscular. Refer to image as a reference - THIS IS NOT A LITERAL INTERPRETATION. If this person were a character in a game, they would be drawn/created like the image.

Union Status: Non-Union
Rate: 500.00/12hr day + 500.00 buyout + 20% - incl 1 fitting
Right. So it's clearly an Asian character... but they're specifically leaving it open for Caucasian actors too. I guess somebody thought it was close enough. Damn, Asian actors can't even catch a break playing an Asian video game character on a one-day commercial shoot. (Thanks, Douglas.)