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Modern Family casting bosses are hunting "unbelievably hot" Aussie guys, a "beach babe" game enough to go topless and a Crocodile Dundee-type character in the list of roles up for grabs for its one-off Australian episode, which starts filming in Sydney today.
If they had thrown in "beer-swilling bogan" they might have made the full set of Aussie cliches, but given that the holiday special episode will reach a worldwide audience of 125 million when it first broadcasts, it's easy to understand why producers are targeting familiar foreign stereotypes of life Down Under.
In a casting call sheet obtained exclusively by Fairfax Media, Redfern-based agency McGregor Casting is seeking local talent for at least nine roles for the Emmy-winning comedy.
Kyle Sandilands told Jackie O on Kiis FM yesterday he had been approached to join the cast and turned down the opportunity, but it sounds like there is a role perfect for him.
Producers are searching for a "narcissistic talk show host", late 30s to early 40s, who "does not have to be [a] chiselled type of guy". It also said they were hunting someone "with amazing comedy chops" to play the character, who will be called Fergus.
The topless bather will be spared their blushes by being filmed only from the back and has to be "a hot beach girl with comic timing" aged 24-28.
The Aussie guys must be "UNBELIEVABLY hot" and aged 20-22, says the call sheet. "One is a life guard, so must also be ripped," it says.
The Crocodile Dundee character is described as a "wise Australian" and must be aged 50-70. He's also outlined as "Rugged. Weathered. Knowledgeable," in the notes. It doesn't explicitly mention the famous movie bushman, but does say "probably thinking of a Paul Hogan type here".
Casting bosses are also seeking an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander actor aged 25-50 to play a nature guide in the Blue Mountains, where some of the filming will take place.
Other actors being hunted are a "scary-looking biker dude" aged 30-50, a cab driver aged 30-55 and a young female fan of Fergus.
Without wanting to give away too much of the plot, Fergus has a previous connection with a couple of the main characters in Modern Family, and shows the visitors "the glamorous life in Australia".
Filming will run until February 28 across locations including Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains, Circular Quay and the Great Barrier Reef.
The entire cast will arrive in Sydney for the filming, including Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Rico Rodriguez.
The majority of the stars, including Vergara and O'Neill, arrived this morning on a dedicated Qantas A380 dubbed the "Modern Family Flyer"
Plot details already revealed include Phil Dunphy, played by Burrell, suffering an allergic reaction to Vegemite and being attacked by a kangaroo.
Sandilands said yesterday he had declined to meet producers as he "couldn't be arsed" because it was a big role needing multiple days of filming.
McGregor Casting declined to comment on any roles in the Modern Family special.