JOBLESS SPANIARDS FLOOD IN FOR SLAVE WAGES IN ‘EXODUS’

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EL EJIDO, Spain: Thousands of Spaniards in the depressed southern region of Andalusia are queueing up to play the role of slaves in film-maker Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic “Exodus”, hoping for a way out of unemployment. In a region with unemployment at 35 percent, the prospect of work as an extra with a daily wage of 80 euros ($107) has sparked a rush in Almeria where casting is being held for the story of Moses and the Jewish exodus to the promised land. “Half of Almeria and half of Spain has come,” said one of the casting organizers, Nerea Herrero. Some 10,000 people turned up at a casting call in the city of Almeria, and another 5,000 in the nearby town of Pechina, Herrero said. Those chosen will play the parts of the many slaves in the movie.

AFP

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