Lafayette

Aug 2, 2011 6:29 PM by Jenise Fernandez

"Swamp People" Casting in Lafayette

The producers of History Channel's hit show "Swamp People" were in town looking for their newest cast members for season three. Dozens were at Prejeans hoping to get their chance in the spotlight.

"It's just a rush. We've been doing it for so long and it's a way of life," said Troy Lacoq.

Brothers Gary and Troy Lacoq were hoping to get noticed. They've been hunting gators with their dad since the mid-80s.

"He was on of the first in Point Coupee Parish to alligator hunt," said Gary.

The brothers say, if casted, they'll bring plenty of drama on the show.

"We've had our history of butting heads a little bit. It's part of being a family I guess," said Gary.

Twenty-five year old Jude Mequet didn't grow up hunting gators, but he did grow up in a house boat on the Atchafalaya Basin.

"We are literally living off of the swamp. You can't get more swamp people than that," said Mequet.

He taught himself how to hunt gators six years ago. He says it's more than just a money-maker, it's a sport for him...

"Being out there with nobody around, I'm my own boss out there," he said.

"What an exciting world that we never knew was even going on and how exciting for the locals in Louisiana that they get to show the world what they're doing," said casting director Jason Skweres.

Skweres says they're looking for all types of unique characters for season three, not just gator hunters.

"The ones who are living off the land, who are making a living off the swamps. I'm not going to be specific because we're not going to know what we're looking for until we find it," said Skweres.

If you missed the casting in Lafayette, there'll be another one Friday, August 5th:
"Big Al's" 1377 West Tunnel Blvd. Houma, LA 70360
9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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