[Making It In Hollywood raw #78]

Raw footage from the 1976 documentary "Making It In Hollywood," which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. This tape takes place on the set of the 1976 version of "King Kong." Actor Julius Harris dispenses advice to two young actors.

00:00Copy video clip URL A parking lot in which a truck with the words “Dino De Laurentiis’s King Kong is coming!” painted on it is parked. Actors’ trailers, film equipment, cars. Men stand around.

00:58Copy video clip URL Actor Julius Harris talks with two aspiring actors about an upcoming scene. He talks to them about his career and offers advice. 

05:01Copy video clip URL Inside Harris’s trailer, he continues advising the two young actors. He tells them to join the Screen Actors Guild, and offers to help them out. He describes the work of being an actor in concrete terms: learning a craft, finding small roles, taking workshops. One of them mentions the possibility of joining the army and Harris suggests joining the Motion Picture/Pictorial unit. 

08:40Copy video clip URL One of the younger actors describes the frustration of trying to get small roles. Harris responds: “Gotta remember one thing, we’ve got two strikes against us when we start, baby: black, and young. If you don’t have any goddamn experience, they’re gonna say ‘We don’t want you.’ So you’ve got to get it.” He advises them to get experience on stage or in school or the army. He describes the experience of actual filming as a difficult grind. 

12:30Copy video clip URL Discussions of the shooting of King Kong, in which the set up for each shot takes hours. 

13:56Copy video clip URL Harris talks about his start in the business, from being an extra so he could learn the profession and meet people to getting higher profile parts. He offers to give them his phone number and will get them work as long as they have their SAG cards. 

16:20Copy video clip URL Footage of the actors, staged to appear as if they’re listening to Harris. 



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