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You will be reading actual “SCENES” from the screenplay GILLIAN AND GILES. Although you may read for one character listed below, if you are chosen, for a call back OR a film role, management reserves the right to audition and hire you for another character in the film.

As in all casting of films, there may be a “star”, who wishes a certain role that is posted below. Again, management reserves the right to re-audition you, if chosen, for another role.

*Remember to keep your video under 2 minutes in length. Remember, you have to become these characters, as if you are living the part, so do not rush, unless you feel that is part of the character’s reaction. And remember, THE ONLY WAY TO FAIL, IS NOT TO TRY. Good Luck to all!

+Gillian and Giles Audition Side 1: MITCH’S SERENGETI PLAIN SPEECH

NOTE: Please feel free to perform this audition scene with a friend, an off camera reader, OR you may be brave and read BOTH CHARACTERS in one audition; however, if you read both characters, you must act as though you are more than one person, relating and reacting to the other person, to carry this off successfully and professionally.

MITCH closes his eyes, as if summoning a great spirit inside. He opens his eyes. He’s almost in a trance.

MITCH (CONT’D)
It’s sunset on the Serengeti plain.

The Young Associates listen with the rapt attention of true believers.

MITCH (CONT’D)
You haven’t eaten for days. You’ve got a persistent, gnawing, rotting ache in the pit of your stomach.

This seems to have a physical effect on the team.

MITCH (CONT’D)
But there, there in the distance, a great herd of wildebeest moves majestically across the plain. And what’s this? Look closely, right at the tail end of the herd, you can just make out a few older animals, struggling to keep up.

He spins to face the team, confronting one Young Associate in particular.

MITCH (CONT’D)
You haven’t eaten for days!

The Young Associate tries to avoid Mitch’s withering intensity. But there is no place to hide.

MITCH (CONT’D)
You lie there in the dry, hot grass, panting, watching. And as you concentrate every ounce of your being on what needs to be done, something deep inside you takes over. Something you can’t control. Something powerful, overwhelming, wonderful. It’s got a sticky, sweet taste.

He licks his lips. A couple of the team utter “yeah, amen, brother”. A couple of others looks a bit more nervous.

Gillian watches from a distance.

MITCH (CONT’D)
It’s the most basic rule of life, boys. It’s buried in your DNA. It’s what got us here.

Perhaps he spreads his arms dramatically.

MITCH (CONT’D)
Old animals eventually get eaten. Now, they’ve had a long life. There’s no sense them hanging onto what they can’t use anymore. Even they know that. They know what’s coming, believe me.

He focuses in on a nervous-looking Young Associate.

MITCH (CONT’D)
But guess what? There’s not enough for all of you. Some of you are going to eat, and some of you aren’t.

The Young Associate swallows hard. Mitch gets right in his grill.

MITCH (CONT’D)
And if you don’t eat, you’ll die.

Gillian is off to the side, taking all of this in.

MITCH (CONT’D)
The question is, boys, who’s going to eat today?

SCENE.

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+Gillian and Giles Audition Side 2: SID TALKS TO EDDIE

SID TALKS TO EDDIE.

SID sits behind his desk and motions for the older man, EDDIE, to have a seat.

Eddie is in his fifties, and while he looks a little disheveled he has an undeniable seriousness in his demeanor.

SID
Eddie, we’ve known each other a long time. Now, we’ve had our ups and downs, but I’ve always appreciated that the foundation of our friendship has been rooted in pure business, not personal bullshit.

Eddie stares straight ahead at Sid.

SID (CONT’D)
I’ve got a problem. And my problem is your problem. We’ve both got a problem is what I’m saying. The problem is – one of my boys is missing.

Sid slides a photo of Darren Moss across the table.

SID (CONT’D)
His name is Darren Moss. He’s vanished. I’ve invested a lot into this kid, he was one of the young guns here. And now he’s gone.

Eddie hauls out a cigar.

SID (CONT’D)
It’s possible he’s just taken off, but I’m pretty sure he hasn’t left the island.

Eddie trims his cigar.

SID (CONT’D)
In fact, Eddie, I think I know who might know something about this. You see, Darren was working on a widow – and guess who happens to live right next door?

Eddie rolls the cigar around in his mouth.

SID (CONT’D)
That’s right, Eddie. I don’t know what happened, but I can smell something. I don’t like what I smell, Eddie. It’s south of cheese.

Eddie stares hard at Sid.

SID (CONT’D)
I can’t have it. I’m sure you understand. But, I know that this wouldn’t be the easiest of calls for you. What I want to know, Eddie, is if we find out that this guy…

Sid slides a photo of Giles across the table.

SID (CONT’D)
… killed that guy, (points to photo of Darren) would you be willing to take care of this problem?

Eddie looks at the photos, then to Sid.

EDDIE
Everything’s got its price.

Then Eddie lights his cigar. Sid smiles.

SCENE.

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+Gillian and Giles Audition Side 3: HARRIS - no age restriction for this side

HARRIS a Detective who actually wants to be an “actor” SMOOZING the Starlet Gillian

Harris throws a pile of glossy brochures down on the table and shakes his head.

HARRIS
Ms. Gillian? THIS Looks like photoshop to me,

Gillian stares at the brochures. Harris looks at her.

HARRIS (CONT’D)
You’re not the first, you won’t be the last. These people prey on wealthy widows just like yourself.
You’d be amazed how often it happens around here. The bad news is, it’s going to be very difficult to get your money back…
There’s just not much we can do. These people are experts at moving money around from island to island, cleaning it through so many accounts that they can make it – poof! Disappear. But I do have some good news for you. The good news is that you called me.
Ms. Gillian, it’s a constant game of cat and mouse. But I want you to know that I’m the cat. AND, The cat’s on it, okay?

Gillian is clearly disappointed.

HARRIS
By the way, I’ve done a little acting too. Nothing in your league, of course, but I was in a production of “Our Town” a few years ago. Community theatre. I played the Church Organist.
I got some pretty good reviews too…From the local papers. We’re doing “The Mousetrap” next.

He SMILES broadly.

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+Gillian and Giles Audition Side 4: SIDNEY - no age restriction for this side

SIDNEY

Eddie, we’ve known each other a long time. Now, we’ve had our ups and downs, and I don’t want to rehash all of that, but I’ve always appreciated that the foundation of our relationship has been rooted in pure business, not personal b.s. But, I’ve got a problem. Another one of my boys is missing. His name is Darren Moss. Disappeared. I invested a lot into this kid, he was one of my primo young guns. And now he’s gone.

That’s the third one this year. The third one! My boys aren’t just vanishing into thin air.

Eddie, my problem is now your problem.

You see, Darren was working on a widow – and guess who happens to live right next door? That’s right, Eddie. I don’t know what happened, but I can smell something, and I don’t like it. It’s south of cheese.

I want you to find out. Because I just can’t have it. I’m sure you understand. Now, I know that this wouldn’t be the easiest of calls for you. I know that. And it goes without saying that Jackie could never find out. But what I want to know is if we find out that this guy…

Sidney slides a photo of Giles across the table. Points at it..

SIDNEY (CONT’D)
Would you be willing to take care of the problem?

She smiles sweetly.

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