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.”