Inside Move: ‘Cancun’s’ bare necessities

Reality pic uninhibited in its sexy casting

OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off.

Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on.

So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget to Halle Berry-baring levels?

That task fell to “Cancun” casting director Sasha Alpert, who canvassed 10,000 applicants for “Cancun.” She says applicants were never asked, Do you have a problem with nudity?

“They are told, if you don’t want to be nude on screen, don’t take off your clothes unless you’re going to bed or changing into your bathing suit. We’re not going to use that stuff.”

Alpert, (who is married to Variety chief film critic Todd McCarthy) has cast five seasons of “The Real World” and four of “Road Rules” (both produced by Bunim-Murray). She says reality shows depend on finding kids who create good stories.

For instance, picking the guy who likes going after girls who already have boyfriends along with a girl who doesn’t seem so thrilled with her current beau.

During open calls, her staff conducts short group interviews, looking for, she says, “the kid all the other kids are paying attention to.”

Twenty kids were then called back to L.A. for one-hour interviews where they they were peppered with questions like “What was your first sexual experience?” and “What was your most embarassing moment?”

“You find someone who’s willing to talk about sex in detail and they’re more than likely willing to have sex on camera,” says Alpert, a demure documentarian and mother of two.

“We didn’t cast this just to find people who would have sex on camera,” Alpert quickly adds. “Even though our office is in Van Nuys.”

More Film

  • Tina Fey Robert Carlock

    Tina Fey, Robert Carlock to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

  • Fox Sale to Disney is a

    Why the Fox-Disney Deal Could be Bad for Movies

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

  • Rupert Murdoch

    Fox Founder Rupert Murdoch Insists Disney Deal Is Not a 'Retreat'

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

  • 'Father Figures' film premiere

    'Father Figures' Premiere Raises Funds for Southern California Wildfire Victims

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

  • Carrie Fisher Star Wars

    Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio's 102-Year History

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

  • 'Bright' film premiere

    Will Smith Discusses 'Bright's' Racial, Social, Allegorical Undertones

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

  • ‘Hunting Season’ Takes Top Prize at

    ‘Hunting Season’ Takes Top Prize at Macao Festival

    OK, OK: “The Real Cancun” is all about the story of 16 kids on Spring Break and not (not, repeats New Line) just about kids taking their clothes off. Let’s be frank, though: The pic is a dud if the bikinis stay on. So how did the reality-pic up its flesh quotient without boosting its budget […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content