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27 August 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Shrinking violets seldom land leading roles, so perseverance is generally viewed as an admirable trait in actors — within reason. New York-based casting director Avy Kaufman, who has assisted in hiring actors for The Sixth Sense, Garden State, Brokeback Mountain, and Capote, acknowledges that some actors — but not all — worry about crossing the line from persistence to obnoxiousness. "Some people are so driven that it's like, 'You know what? This is my life. This is what I'm gonna do,' " she says. "There are some actors that contact me on every project I begin. If I have a role for them, I will bring them in. And if I don't, in all honesty, I'm not going to call. Because everybody feels that they're right for the role." For example, Kaufman recalls one actor who went to remarkable lengths to attract her attention, filming himself performing lines from the script he was auditioning for, »

- Mark Dundas Wood

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