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Baby wanted for new Neil Jordan movie

Scene in vampire movie Byzantium requires baby under 7lbs 9ozs to ‘play’ part of Saoirse Ronan as a newborn.

Director Neil Jordan is shooting a scene for Byzantium in Dublin this Friday which requires a newborn baby.
Director Neil Jordan is shooting a scene for Byzantium in Dublin this Friday which requires a newborn baby.
Image: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn

KIDS THESE DAYS – all they want is to be famous, eh? But it’s unlikely the latest would-be star of Neil Jordan’s new vampire film Byzantium will remember their moment of glory. The director of The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins and The Butcher Boy is looking for a very specific new member of cast: a tiny baby.

An advertisement on’s Facebook page is appealing for “help in finding a new born for Byzantium”. Byzantium, directed by Jordan, will star Saoirse Ronan and the baby is to play the part of Ronan’s character just as she is born. As a result, the casting agents are looking for “a really small baby… ideally under the weight of 7 pounds 9 ounces”.

Parents will have to be quick to apply though – the scene is being shot this Friday in Dublin. They are advised to email with the baby’s date of birth, photo and guardian’s contact details. The notice jokes: “PS No acting experience required :)”

The casting agency had looked for another small baby for a part in the film earlier this month and posted the note last week that “everything went very well on Sunday and Carrie made her onscreen debut at the age of 6 days old. Ireland’s youngest actress?”

What do you think? If you had a newborn, would you put her/him up for the role?

Poll Results:

Yes (323)
No (179)
I don't know (31)

(Hat-tip to @ShirtnTie for the notice)

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