Characters and Sides for Son of a Gun Auditions
Below you will find character breakdowns and sides for the principal and supporting roles in our new film Son of a Gun. Here are a few important notes to remember:
- This breakdown does not feature all the characters in the movie. There are many more but we are using these characters/sides to audition and test talent for ALL roles.
- Some of these parts require singing. Please read carefully to our directions below.
- To open the sides, click the hyperlink below each character and you should be able to see a PDF in your internet browser. Let us know if you have problems.
- The more you learn/memorize the sides, the better. However if you need the script during the audition, that is acceptable.
- A reminder that if the budget allows we will be able to pay actors in the principal roles ONLY and even then a small amount. If pay is your main concern/priority, please do not audition because we make films on very low budgets. We are looking for actors of all experience levels who want to be part of a Mississippi movie and will benefit from the experience, credit and footage for their reels.
- Production takes place in April.
Male – 40s to 60s – Caucasian
Legrand is the principal character in Son of a Gun. He is a doctor who served in battle on the Confederate side during the war. He is a storyteller and like all storytellers, it’s not clear when he’s telling the truth or not. Please prepare both scenes included below:
Female – 20s to 60s – African-American
Mamie is the other lead/principal character in Son of a Gun. She is a black servant to a Mississippi family during and after the war. Mamie is a complex woman, navigating the need to be obedient in the time she lives while also expressing her ideas and feelings. Please prepare both scenes included below:
As with our movies Blood Country and Cornbread Cosa Nostra, our new film Son of a Gun features several strong supporting roles. Here is brief information about those and sides for these characters.
Male or Female – 9 to 13 years old (must be able to pass as age 11-12) – African-American or Caucasian
A sensitive but strong child. This role requires singing. Please prepare the dialog and song (the hymn It is Well with my Soul) included in these sides:
Female – 18 to 30 years old – Caucasian
A woman of the time thrust into a delicate and difficult situation. Please prepare from the following scene:
Male – 40s to 60s – Caucasian
A traditional Southern male thrown into a fantastical situation. Please prepare from the following scene:
Male – 30s to 60s – Caucasian
The editor of a medical journal. A very sharp man. Please prepare from the following scene:
Lady of the Night
Female – 30s to 50s – Caucasian
A prostitute in Mississippi during and after the war. She sees what’s underneath the surface. Please prepare from the following scene:
Female – 50s to 70s – Caucasian
A kind woman who looks after the doctor. Please prepare from the following scene:
Female – 40s to 60s – Caucasian
A proper Southern lady who loves her daughter but is embarrassed and concerned in this situation. Please prepare from the following scene:
Male – 18 to 40 years old – Caucasian
A Confederate soldier who has been hurt inside and out from the war. This role requires singing. Please prepare the dialog and song (William Taylor is an English folk song; listen to versions online for a reference) included in these sides:
Male – 18 to 40 years old – Caucasian
A Yankee soldier who has been hurt inside and out from the war. This role requires singing. Please prepare the dialog and song (Hail Columbia is one of our original National Anthem’s; a vocal version can be found here) included in these sides:
Like to be an solider or father
Great. Please prepare either of those sides.
My daughters and I will be there to audition tomorrow afternoon
Sounds great! Do you ever cast out of the New York area?
Hi Michele. Normally we try to cast out of where we are making the film.
you lost me when you said singing old coach can’t sing!!!!
Well, not all the roles require singing 🙂
Legrand/Father…. Can’t wait to be there to audition and be able to meet y’all…
Thank you, sir. Likewise.
I would love to but I live in Oklahoma. I have a friend I could stay with in Mississippi, Marcus Dupree
Well, come if you can!
Hey will their be any roles for African American men in their 20s ?
Yes, if you live in Mississippi, audition for one of the soldier roles to be considered for some others I haven’t listed.
Would u consider a 16 year old for daughter?
Hey. Yes, I think it’s worth trying out.
Several roles are of interest to me. Will we have time to read for multiple roles or would you prefer we chose only one?
Looking forward to seeing you guys and ‘Blood Country’ later that evening.
Two at most if we’re lucky. We have to keep things moving. And thank you, James. I look forward to seeing you again.
So would love to be a part of this. Definitely going to audition for ” lady of the night”
I am definitely interested in role of Jamie. Is there a pre register to audition as I would like to submit my granddaughter who is 15. She can sing but does not look 11 or 12 but can be dressed to look that age group. Thank you
There was an error in the role that I would like to submit for. Mamie not Jamie. I apologize thank you.
Hi Sylvia. Thank you. No there is no pre-registration. It’s first come, first serve at the auditions.
My son Jackson was an extra in Blood Country. Do you think he would be able to take part in one of the roles? He doesn’t look his age for sure. He also has a good memory. Thank you in advance.
Have him come audition!
Where, in Mississippi, will filming take place? Thanks.
We hope to film it mostly in the Vicksburg area.
Do you have any idea how long you expect production to take? I’m interested but have a full time job and not sure I could take the time off to do it. I also do video editing if you need help with that. Thank you.
Production would be a total of 20 days.
I am interested in the role of Mamie. I have acting experience and am a singer. However, are the age guidelines written in stone in stone. Also, what is the time frame for the auditions in Pensacola
What’s your age? The Mamie range we provided is incredibly wide.
I’m a African American male in my 20s..do they have roles for my description
Yes, please audition for one of the soldiers so we can see what you’re like. Thanks.
For some reason I can’t download the PDF. I would love to audition and I believe you would be happy with what you see. Hope there is a fix.
Hi Graham. Check your browser. It should work because it’s working for everyone else.
I’m interested in this. I could probably clear up to a week’s time for one of the lesser roles or broken up across different days during the timeframe. Would that be sufficient for shooting (assuming I was even selected) or do I need to have the entire month of April available?
That sounds sufficient for most roles, yes. Thanks.
where will the casting call be on February 3rd in Pensacola
Here is all the info: http://runningwildfilms.com/2nd-casting-call-announced-for-son-of-a-gun-in-pensacola-florida/
Would love to audition for Mother or Lady of the Night, but I can’t sing… do either of these roles have singing parts?
Neither of these parts require singing.
Really enjoyed meeting you all today. Whether I am cast or not i look forward to the film.
Thank you so much, sir. Likewise.
Hey Travis I am 14, and I am pretty sure I can’t pass off as a 11 or 12 year old nor sing. Can or will there be exceptions to one of the soldier or other roles if I can pass?
Go ahead and audition for the “Soldier” if you have a Southern Accent and “Union Soldier” if you don’t. Thanks.
I’d like to try my hand at Gaillard.
Good. Go for it!
I’m interested in the mother will there be singing in this part but I can’t sing
There is no singing in the mother part
I’ve never been one for being in front of the camera, but I’m studied film, had a script optioned, and made shorts with friends for years. Are you looking for any help with production itself? I’d be interested and wouldn’t need more than a place to crash during filming and meals.
Yes, that’s very possible. Please email me at email@example.com
I’m in the 60s age range. Can folks audition for more than one part? Also, is it okay to audition in period costume?
Hi Douglas. Unfortunately you can only audition for one part because of our limited time to see actors. Yes, you may audition in period costume.
Are you paying for lodging if someone is cast ?
It depends on where you’re coming from and what role you’re playing.
Hello Travis, I’m interestedin your movie. I didn’t see any African American male roles for men. My age range would be 40-51.
Go ahead and audition for the Father role so I can consider you for others.
Does the role of Daughter require a Southern accent?
We would prefer one, yes.
Sounds like it be an interesting movie. Grew up in Vicksburg. Love the National Military Park there. Unfortunately, I will not be able to be in because I am in a manual wheelchair. Glad you are going to be shooting in my hometown.
Don’t count yourself out, Lisa Ann. We may be able to work you into the movie.
Very cool. I’m very interested in auditioning.
Then come on down to one of our casting calls.
Are you looking for PA’s?
Yes, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was hoping to make down today.but I can’t sing a lick.if u need someone that looks rough and per mean and grumpy that’s me.
Which casting call were you trying to make it to?
Any roles for black male 19 years of age and up?
Yes. Audition as the soldier and we’ll consider you for other roles.
I wish I knew sooner. I have plans tomorrow that I cannot get out of. Do you guys cast here often?
We may return for more casting in the future. Thanks.
I love singing.
Which women roles hav e singing?
Only the male roles have singing for now. Sorry.
I auditioned today for the landlady roll. I had a blast. Thank you so much for the opportunity. While I was their they mentioned that classes were held in Pensacola once a month. I very interested in this and would love to get more info.
Hey Jayme. Please email Matt Campbell for more info on classes: email@example.com
Hey guys— Atlanta actress here recently relocated back to the panhandle, and heard about the Pensacola call a couple of hours too late, unfortunately. However, I’m in Destin, (about an hour east of Pensacola) am available, and would love to read for you.
(I’m a 30 year-old white female. Medium-length dark blonde curly hair, brown eyes, 5’1, 115 lbs.)
Unfortunately, I missed the audition yesterday. Do you anticipate having further auditions in Pensacola for upcoming projects?
Yes it’s quite possible we will do more auditions in Pensacola for future projects.