The Straits Times
Published on Sep 10, 2012

Casting introduced Skype to Indian village


TORONTO (AFP) - Director David O. Russell said on Sunday he used Skype for the first time to audition actors for his latest film Silver Linings Playbook and introduced the online video chat service to a village in India.

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence skyped from her parents' home in Louisville, Kentucky, while Anupam Kher auditioned from a village in India using the free online text, voice and video service.

"It was the first time for me on any movie to Skype auditions," said Russell, who directed The Fighter (2010) and I Heart Huckabees (2004).

Kher said that when he auditioned over Skype for Russell, he was in a village in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan for another film.