Monday, May 28, 2018
Although Clint Eastwood's Magnum Force was filmed and released in 1973, the character titles for many of the uncredited role were better left off the closing credits. Along with Pool Girl, played by the then unknown Suzanne Somers, there were also characters titled nude girl, girl by pool, black man, black dude and tall thin man. Although he looks in his late 20's or even early to mid 30's, Robert E. Simpson had the uncredited role of nude boy.
It's always fascinating to learn how certain roles are cast, especially non speaking nude roles. I have read some interesting stories about how extra's are cast for group nude scenes, especially recently in HBO shows like The Deuce and Westworld. Can only imagine how the football players/dancers were hired for their nude shower scene in The Best Little Whore House in Texas.
Last week, TCM aired Magnum Force, the 1973 sequel to Dirty Harry. The filmed involved a sun glassed wearing serial killer / motorcycle cop. About half way through the film, drug kingpin Lou Guzman (Clifford A. Pellow) is involved in what looks like a threesome with who appear to be a female and a male prostitute, both beautiful blondes. The rendezvous has, as expected, a bloody ending with every angle of the threesome shot with the female (nude girl Debra A. Estok) flying from the hotel's balcony.
Robert E. Simpson looked familiar, I was sure I must have seen him in other roles. He has in fact no official movie credits, only the uncredited role of nude boy in this film. Had me wondering if I could find out about his casting. Sometimes, for non speaking nude roles producers or casting directors, find people in different places, want ads, in gyms or through modeling agents. There was virtually nothing about Mr. Simpson, or his hiring on line except for his signed contract.
There were several contracts for the uncredited roles in the film on an auction site I found and it appears Mr. Simpson made about $200 for his role in the film. (possibly $400, but I doubt the scene took more than a day) If anyone knows anything more about the casting (by casting director Nessa Hyams) or what happened to the hot blonde 'nude boy', shoot me a line.