A STAR ISN'T BORN

Gene Rayburn, last seen in A PERFECT MATCH, is asked to audition for the next Samuel Jackson film!

Daniel Wright -- Universal Studios Lad
Eddie Curtis -- casting director Lad
Kelvin Nwosu -- administrative manager Lad

versus
Gene Rayburn -- on the side of all that is good and true


Daniel Wright

Received: from [82.128.11.159] (account movies@universalstudio.biz)
From: <movies@universalstudio.com>
Subject: Next Movie Star...
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007

Hello,
Would you like to be the next movie star???
I am Daniel Wright of Universal Studios and we are looking for prospective cast for our upcoming movie which we would begin shooting summer 2007.
If you are interested please could you contact us by email: daniel9142@gmail.com
Applications will be closing soon?

Regards,
Daniel Wright.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007

Hello Daniel,

I am most interested in your offer. Please tell me more.

Sincerely,
Gene



Daniel Wright

Sent : Monday, March 26, 2007

Thanks for your interest in wanting to be a movie star. The project will begin summer 2007 and among the top actors and actress billed to star in the movie include Samuel L Jackson, Morgan freeman, Jamie Fox , Forest Whitaker ,Teri Hatcher, Tom Weeling, Erica Durance etc.

The movie will be produced and directed by Jerry Buckheimer a renowned movie producer. One of the most successful producers off all time, Jerry Bruckheimer is a filmmaker and now a television mogul who loves telling a story and delivers a visual feast unmistakably his own.

This movie is about the Nigerian Civil war (Biafra). The Nigerian Civil War broke out on 6 July 1967. The war was the culmination of an uneasy peace and stability that had plagued the Nation from independence in 1960. This situation had its genesis in the geography, history, culture and demography of Nigeria.

You can go to this website to know more about the Nigerian civil war, it will give you an insight on what the movie is all about.

http://www.africamasterweb.com/BiafranWarCauses.html
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1992/AAA.htm
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/post/nigeria/civilwar.html

Before we fully commence you will be needed to provide your full contact details, i.e. Name, Address, Phone Number, Occupation and Age before you can be allowed into this program. It will be used to open a file in your name so that we can keep track of our progress with you.

Please get back to me with the above mentioned information so that I can then transfer you to our casting director.

Registrations will soon end so I would kindly advice you take immediate actions by getting those information over to me.

Daniel Wright.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007

Hello Daniel,

Thank you so much for replying! I am very excited about the opportunity to work with such famous people!

I am confused about your request for information. I had assumed that you had written to me because you already knew about me. Did you send this e-mail to many people, or are you interested in me? What are the chances I will get this role? I'm not really interested in a cattle call. Can you assure me that I will get preferential treatment?

I'm not in this for the money, as I already have all that I need. I am interested in being a movie star, though! However, I am not accustomed to massive auditions where I would be competing with commoners.

Thanks again,

Gene



Daniel Wright

Sent : Monday, March 26, 2007

Hello Gene
Thanks for your reply. The request for information is for record purposes like opening a file for each actor. We may know you a little about you but we still require you to fill us more about you. Yes we also sent this mail to some other candidates who are interested as well; we are looking for good talents to fill in the remaining roles that we have left in the movie. If you work hard enough I think you might make it through the auditioning processes but for preferential treatment, I think I can put on a word for you to our casting director but getting the role all depends on you and how serious you want the role.

Think about it and send us the information we asked for. I hope to hear from you soon.

Daniel Wright.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007

Dear Daniel,

Of course I am serious about this role! I would like whatever preferential treatment you can arrange.

Here is my contact information:

Gene Rayburn
1519 12th Ave, Apartment 419 [hee hee]
Seattle, WA 98122

[Seattle police headquarters.]

Phone: (206) 984-1945

Occupation: Philanthropist, Parapsychologist
Age: I can play between 28-36

I'm wondering when principal shooting will begin? Also, can you tell me if it will be on location in Nigeria, or will it be filmed in a studio in Los Angeles?

Thanks,
Gene



Daniel Wright

Sent : Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thanks for your prompt response, A Reference number has been appointed to your application; Your Ref Number is NGR5600L.

Please quote this number in all future correspondences with me or any of our staffs. You are to contact Mr. Eddie Curtis who is our casting director at eddie275@gmail.com ; he will send you an application form to fill and put you through our remaining auditioning process.

Like I said in my earlier email, auditions will be commencing in April 2007, successful applicants would then proceed to the set of the movie which would begin middle summer 2007.

My work here is done, good luck and best wishes with your auditions.

Regards,

Daniel Wright.



Gene Rayburn

To: eddie275@gmail.com
Subject: Reference Number NGR5600L
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007

Hello Eddie,

Mr. Daniel Wright has put me in touch with you so that we may go through the formality of filling out an "application" for my starring role in this movie. (We all know that this process is strictly perfunctory, and the role is mine for the taking, right?) As I mentioned do Mr. Wright, I am very excited about doing this. Since I am now comfortable in life and have no need for more money, I am trying to do adventurous and exciting things. This opportunity fits well.

I need to know where the principal shooting will take place. Will it be on location in Nigeria, or in Hollywood? I would also like to discuss my trailer and certain "amenities" to which I have grown accustomed. Are you the best person to whom I should bring these requirements?

I look forward to working with you and your team.

Sincerely,
Gene



Eddie Curtis

From : Eddie Curtis <eddie275@gmail.com>
Sent : Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Gene,

Thank you very much for deciding to join our auditioning program, I must tell you it has not been easy for us here. There are lots of young talents out there to be discovered and we make it our prime objective to look for them and give them the opportunity they truly deserve. We have over 500 candidates applying for a spot in this movie but we need only six of you which means we are only looking for the best. Out of the six remaining spots there are still two key characters available for grabs so if you work hard enough you might be among the lucky ones to get the part.

We are going to send you a temporal form for you to fill now, please fill it carefully for it will be used to access you. We will be sending you the complete package consisting of your application form, script, traveling documents etc later i.e. when we are sure you are the right person for the part.

For each available part we have we will be inviting five candidates for the finale auditions in Lagos Nigeria so I must inform you, its going to be a bumpy ride all the way to the last audition day. This trip to Nigeria will be sponsored by universal studios i.e. your hotel accommodation and flight will be paid for by us so you don't have to bug yourself about the bills.

I wish you good luck with your efforts and believe with hard work and dedication you can achieve a lot. We will be sending you an application form to fill, as soon as you get it fill it and send it back to us. We will discuss about your amenities when you get the part, we will need to see what you are made of.

Regards,

Eddie Curtis.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007

Dear Eddie,

It is so great to hear from you! I imagine that being a casting director for Universal Studios is a very busy job, so I appreciate your time.

I am really looking forward to working with you on this project. I received your initial e-mail and await the application.

I take it from your note that the principal shooting will be this summer in Lagos, Nigeria? That sounds amazing! Can you tell me something about what the weather is like there at that time? Will I need a heavy coat, or will a jacket do.

Also, as I mentioned in my earlier letter, I have certain requirements with respect to my trailer and other facilities. Can I forward these your way?

Again, I appreciate the time. "I'm ready for my close-up!"

My best to you,

Gene



Eddie Curtis

From : Eddie Curtis <eddie275@gmail.com>>
Sent : Wednesday, March 28, 2007

First Name.....................................
Middle Name .....................................
Last Name......................................
Sex..................................................
Date of Birth.......................................
Size..
Height..
Hair Colors
Eye Color..
Current Mailing Address.....................................
Apt/Suite.......................................
City...........................................
State/Zip.......................................
Nationality.........................................
Phone#.....................................
Fax#........................................
Cell Phone/Pager.....................................
Performance Experience.....................................
(If any)
College/University..
Degree/Major(s).......................................
Currently Enrolled.Yes/ No..................
E-mail Address.........................................



Gene Rayburn

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007

Dearest Eddie,

Please find my completed application below. Can you please answer my questions now? First Name..Eugene.
Middle Name ...........Cornelius
Last Name......Rayburn
Sex..........Yes
Date of Birth...........June 18
Size....11 + 1/2 EEE..
Height.....6' 2"..
Hair Colors....Revlon
Eye Color....Blue..
Current Mailing Address....1519 12th Ave
Apt/Suite...........Apartment 419
City..............Seattle
State/Zip........WA 98122
Nationality.........USA
Phone#.........(206) 984-1945
Fax#............None
Cell Phone/Pager.........None
Performance Experience...The first time was pretty rough, but I've been told by the ladies that I do pretty well, now
College/University....If I had to guess, I'd say College
Degree/Major(s)....B.S
Currently Enrolled.....XXX.Yes/ No....XXX
E-mail Address.......xxxxxx@xxxxxx.com



Eddie Curtis

From : Eddie Curtis <eddie275@gmail.com>
Sent : Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hi Gene,

It's good to hear from you again.

Like I have already stated, the auditions will be taking place in Lagos Nigeria, also your travel expenses will be taken care of by us. Regarding your trailer and the "amenities" to which you have grown accustomed, I will like to know what they are really to enable us plan better since it is our duty to make everybody comfortable.

Nigeria is in the tropics and the weather is a little bit sunny and warm but I adjusted well. Generally the weather at that period will be likened to summer in Texas. I suppose you know what will be good for you.

Thank you for helping us to make you comfortable.

Best wishes,

Eddie



Gene Rayburn

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007

Dearest Eddie,

Thanks again for your prompt response. I'm really thrilled that you people are taking so much care to ensure my comfort. In general, I require a 24' Strait Truck for use as my trailer. I can forward you my requested brands if you need them. Inside the truck I will need a standard makeup station, with full lights. I intend to bring my own makeup artist, as well as my own Chinese Shar Pei.

For my own dining purposes, I only eat raw food. Please see the menu at my favorite restaurant at http://www.huvafenfushi.com/pdf/All_Menu/Raw_Food_Menu.pdf

I would be happy with any number of choices from there. Unfortunately, the Shar Pei will only eat cooked meats. I shall look for some local eateries in Lagos and suggest a place where you can find take out for him.

As I have many allergies, it is of the utmost importance that there are no flowers of any kind in the trailer. In addition, I am allergic to nuts, strawberries, rawhide-coated baseballs, polyurethane, and Protactinium.

I'm accustomed to all of my drinks being served to me in a 14.5oz cup, with a "bendy" straw-- that is a straw that bends 4/5ths of the way towards the top so as to make for easy sipping.

How long will principal photography last? I need to know if it will run afoul of my neighborhood watch annual meeting.

You mentioned that you were able to adapt to the weather change. Does this mean you are currently in Nigeria? If so, what are your hours of working? I imagine the time difference must be at least 30 hours?

More to come.

Sincerely,
Gene



Eddie Curtis

Sent : Thursday, March 29, 2007

We are sorry we can't satisfy your needs, if you really want to be a part of this auditions then you have to make do without your amenities for the audition is not going to last a life time. If you are still interested please do get in touch.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007

Dear Eddie,

First of all, I am shocked at the tone of your message! I hope that you didn't take my requirements in the wrong way. You asked me for my expectations, and I gave them to you.

Third of all, what sort of movie are you running? My understanding of the way high budget pictures work is that the stars can get this sort of accommodation with no problem. Keep in mind that I'm not asking for these things for the audition...just once principal shooting begins.

I don't think my requests are very unusual. For example, see http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstagetour/mariah/mariah2.html for the list of requests for Mariah Carey when she performs. I was surprised to find that she has the same love for bendy straws as I do.

In any case, I am still interested in moving forward with the process. As I mentioned, none of these requirements are necessary for the audition.

Are you in Nigeria right now?

Please let me know the next steps.



Eddie Curtis

Sent : Thursday, March 29, 2007

We still require additional information from you to enable us process your application form better, this will help us pick the most qualified candidates for the parts we have left. This selection process has not been easy at all for us because we know there are lots of young talents out there and we won't like to mess it up by chosen the wrong candidates.
Below are some questions we will like you to answer, please take you time to answer these questions and get back to us before the day ends.

1. Why do you think you are the next movie star?
2. To what extent can you go for your acting career?
3. A personal mission statement describing your personal goals 4. Is your family/loved ones supportive of your acting career and to what extent have they gone to help?
5. Is it convenient for you to leave/travel out of the country to do a movie?
6. Do you have any special needs health wise/medically or is there anything you think we should know about you?

Am sorry if i was a little hard on you the last time i wrote, i have been busy all day trying to cordinate thing here. Yes am in Nigeria trying to put everything into place before the audition begings in about 2 weeks time. I will see how i can help you out.
Please i will still need some pictures of you also, send us at least three head shots pictures of you.

Eddy Curtis



Gene Rayburn

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007

>1.Why do you think you are the next movie star?
It's not why I think I will be the next movie star--It's why I know I will be the next movie star. I have overcome many difficulties in my life: Illness (Rhinovirus, etc.), Poverty (B&W TV, etc.), Hunger and others. If I can overcome these things, I know I can win this. In addition, I can take these experiences and harness them to deliver a performance that nobody will ever forget.

>2.To what extent can you go for your acting career?
I will do most anything for my acting career. I will even do frontal nudity, but not rear.

>3.A personal mission statement describing your personal goals
As I have mentioned in previous e-mail, I have already achieved most of my personal goals. I have made all of the money I will ever need, and my current goals all revolve around enjoying life. I want to do things that challenge myself. So, in closing, my mission is to eat cheese (so to speak)

>4.Is your family/loved ones supportive of your acting career and to >what extent have they gone to help?
I've lost everyone who was once important to me. Money does that to people.

>5.Is it convenient for you to leave/travel out of the country to do >a movie?
Not only is it convenient, it is imperative. I'd rather not get into the details of that.

>6. Do you have any special needs health wise/medically or is there >anything you think we should know about you?
I have already given you my requirements for once principal shooting begins. There's plenty you should know about me, but all will be become clear over time.

Gene

>Eddy Curtis

P.S. Is it Eddy or Eddie??



Eddie Curtis

Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2007

Hello Eddy,

It's now April, and I'm wondering about flight arrangements. Are there vaccinations that I need to get before I travel? I also need to clear my schedule for the days I'll be gone. As I mentioned, I have several neighborhood watch meetings I need to attend.

Sincerely,
Gene



Daniel Wright

Sent : Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Congratulations you are among the few candidates short listed for the Lagos auditions. Like I said before it's not going to be easy out there and we expect the best from you. We invested a lot in this project and will like you to be part of the team.

We believe most of you out there are not professional so we have taken the time to make the process a lot easier for you. A day to the auditions we are organizing a trip to various shot locations for the movie for you to have a feel of a real movie scenario.

We believe it will inspire you to do much better and once we achieve that our work will be a lot easier.

We expect you to be in Lagos two days before the auditions; we will be mailing you a parcel containing the necessary documents needed for the auditions. Inside this parcel includes:

1. Application form.
2. Your traveling documents.
3. Audition Script.
4. Documents containing information about the movie.

We will like you to have these documents prior to your arrival in Lagos, this will enable you prepare better for the auditions. Our admin manager, Mr. Kelvin Nwosu, will be contacting you very soon, give him all the information he needs to enable him prepare your traveling documents.

If there is need for additional information, we will contact you. Thanks for making this project successful, I wish you good luck in your preparations. I will get to meet you in person when you come to Nigeria, we can discuss better when we meet in person. The auditions will only be for five days and i dont think you will be needing a vacination.

Eddie Curtis



[Now they bring in the big iron.]

Kelvin Nwosu

From : Kelvin Nwosu <kingalchi2007@yahoo.com>
Sent : Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Subject : Lagos Auditions
Received: from [82.128.1.230]

Gene,
This is Kelvin Nwosu the admin manager in Lagos for Universal Studios. Actually, I am in charge of your traveling documentation. For this to be done, I will need your passport information:

Name:
Complete Passport#:
Date of Issue:
Date of Expiration:
Issued At:

Your traveling tickets will be sent to you with the movie documentations as soon as they are ready. We will also need you to foot the courier charge which is $250; you will have to send it over to us here in Nigeria through Western Union money transfer as it is the only medium to receive money from abroad (faster and easier) in Nigeria. We have taken care of all expenses regarding accommodation, transportation feeding etc to make you comfortable throughout the audition. These are the payment information:

Name = Kelvin Nwosu
Address = 30 Kings Way
Lagos Nigeria
23401
Test Question =
Test Answer =
MTCN number =
Amount = $250

As soon as you do this please let me have the control number (MTCN), the secret question and answer. We will only be able to send your package as soon as you pay for the courier charges. We expect to hear from you soon in order for us to expedite the bookings and auditions subsequently. I will be glad to answer your questions if any. We hope you have a wonderful stay in Lagos. Congratulations and good luck.

Yours faithfully, Kelvin Nwosu.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2007

Dear Kelvin,

I'm very confused. I was to understand that you people at Universal Studios would be paying for all of my expenses. I am shocked to see this request for money. Why is Universal Studios using Western Union? And what courier service is charging you so much? In any case, please speak with Eddie about this. He is a good friend of mine and has promised that this would all be taken care of. I do not have time to worry about such things. If your picture cannot afford to post a simple parcel, how do you expect to fund this epic picture about an important event for the city of Nigeria?

Please clarify what is going on here.

On another matter, has Eddie given you the information about my trailer and amenity requirements? These requirements are not for the audition, but only once principal shooting begins.

Also, has Eddie given you the information about my Chinese Shar Pei? I will be bringing him to the audition as well. Please send whatever paperwork is needed to bring him along.

Please send me the script via e-mail. I would like to scan it for viruses. I don't want to catch anything while I'm there.

Sincerely,
Gene



Kelvin Nwosu

Sent : Thursday, April 5, 2007
Received: from [128.241.108.145]

Well this is the best we can do, if you are still interested in this program find time and get back to us for the auditions will start 16th of this month. Please notify us in time so that we can replace you if you wish to discontinue. Thanks and good luck.



Gene Rayburn

Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007

Dear Kelvin,

Please explain what you mean by "This is the best we can do." Are you saying that Universal Studios cannot afford to ship me a package?

If it is a matter of the film not having enough funding, I have some friends who would be very interested in investing in the picture. I have told them about it, and they are very sympathetic to the cause. They also feel that there might be some tax advantages to investing in foreign-made films. I don't know much about it, but I'm checking with my accountant.

Are you looking for investors?

Thanks,
Gene



Kelvin Nwosu

Sent : Thursday, April 5, 2007

Sorry we dont want investors



Gene Rayburn

Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007

I'm sorry to hear that too.

I wish you the best of luck with your film.



Gene Rayburn

To: eddie275@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Reference Number NGR5600L
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007

Hello Eddie,

I just wanted to let you know that it looks like it will not work out. I questioned Kelvin about this fee of his, and things got very suspicious.

I even let him know about my friends in an investment group that are very eager to invest in your picture, and he claims that Universal is not interested. That is shocking to me, because I've invested in many pictures and the studios are always interested in more funding.

Please let me know if another movie-related opportunity arises.

Sincerely,
Gene.




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