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Casting call goes out for Erk move in Statesboro
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Shooting on a movie based on late Georgia Southern University football coach Erk Russell, above celebrating one of the Eagles three national championships won during his tenure, begins this weekend. - photo by Photo provided

STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University invites fans to be part of a new motion picture about the life of legendary Eagles head football coach Erk Russell.

Scenes for the film “Erk” will be recorded Saturday during the Blue-White spring football game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.

Filmmakers will shoot close-ups of fans and crowd shots. Georgia Southern fans are asked to dress in period 1980s attire to make the shots accurate and to have a chance to be in the film.

“We want to capture the essence of Paulson Stadium as it was in 1984,” said “Erk” producer and Georgia Southern alumnus Beau Turpin. “We highly encourage everyone to come out dressed as mid-1980s college football fans. In addition to the clothing, the big hair that was popular with women in the ’80s is also encouraged.”

Turpin cautions fans to not overdo it.

“Statesboro was a small town with new fans at the program’s infancy,” he explained. “The more simple, the better. We will be passing out signs for the crowd. Milk jug-shakers and homemade noise makers are all welcome. The important part is that we are cheering on the 2013 Eagles for the Blue-White game.”

Turpin said that the filmmakers will be in the background and won’t interrupt play, but they might talk to the crowd to get specific shots.

Full production on “Erk” begins later this year.

Prior to the game, the Eagles will host the Little Eagles Camp at 11 a.m. The camp is free and open to all kids ages 4-12. Following the game at 7 p.m., the Eagle Football Alumni Association will host the $10,000 reverse raffle. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Georgia Southern Athletics Foundation at (912) 478-5520.