Pitbull Turning Miami Into 1950s Cuba for Music Video

Pit’s calling all Cubanos, “from sexy dancers to big guys smoking their cigars."
Pit’s calling all Cubanos, “from sexy dancers to big guys smoking their cigars."
Photo by Greg Watermann

Ever been tempted to take a time machine to 1950s Havana, but the only thing keeping you in 2015 was you wouldn’t be able to dance to Pitbull in the '50s? Well, now the 1950s and Pitbull’s music don’t have to be mutually exclusive. This Friday, April 10, Pitbull will film a new music video in Miami that's set in Cuba during that decade, and he is casting close to 100 paid extras.

“We need people of all ethnicities, from African-American to Caucasian to Hispanic, from ages 18 to 50. And all types, from sexy dancers to big guys smoking their cigars,” says extras casting director Bill Marinella from Marinella Hume Casting, who previously cast the South Florida-filmed Pitbull videos “Timber” and “Celebrate.” 

“We’re looking for people with vintage 1950s shirts and hats to dance to the music. But if you don’t have clothing from that period, you should still submit and wardrobe will take care of you.”

Marinella was unable to reveal the song title or give the exact setting, as producers were still trying to nail down the location, but the video will be shot in Miami.

To apply, send an email to mhcindie@gmail.com with the subject heading “Pitbull.” Include your name, phone number, and three recent selfies taken in front of a blank wall wearing whatever 1950s clothes you might have.

Marinella encourages people who wish to be extras in future projects (such as the Jonah Hill movie Arms and the Dudes and the Christian Bale movie The Deep Blue Good-By, both scheduled to film in Miami in the coming months) to set up a profile on his website marinellahumecasting.com as well as pay attention to facebook.com/MarinellaHumeMiami.

Extras on the Pitbull video should expect a long day of up to 12 hours. But they will get $100 for ten hours, with overtime pay for any additional filming — along with catered meals “that are often better than what you get fed at weddings,” says Marinella.

Some folks get even more fulfilling rewards. “You meet all kinds of people,” the casting director points out. "People have met lifelong friends on sets. And I always hear stories about people meeting their boyfriend or girlfriend as an extra.”

As Pit would say: Daleee

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