Interesting... this is the first time I heard of the secret casting call:
“They asked me if I had ever owned a dog,” said Sylvia Bingham ’09, who went to the casting call but received no callback from Billy Dowd. “I told them I could bark,” she said optimistically.
Little did Bingham know that, according to Ward 1 Alderman and “Jones” extra Nick Shalek, there was a special “Yale only” casting call a day before the big Open Call. The unpublicized event, which secretly invited members of the Yale community to audition for small parts, was a tradeoff for Yale’s generously “accommodating” behavior toward the film crew, Shalek said.