WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- David Brown Jr. drove for two days for a shot at being a cast member on a Hatfield-McCoy reality-television show.
Brown, 52, from Rome, Ga., traveled with his sister, Donna Brown, 50, to Williamson to audition for an unscripted, competition-based show featuring descendants of the once-feuding families. The Browns said they are the great-grandchildren of Maggie Hatfield.
David Brown wore overalls snapped over a black T-shirt. He carried a walking stick he'd carved himself, boasting about the green-eyed snake that wrapped around the stick.
Brown said, in addition to his ability to make moonshine, there were two reasons producers might select him to be on TV: "My voice, or my good looks."
The Browns joined other descendants Tuesday at the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in their quest to get on television. Reality-show hopefuls had to fill out paperwork, and they were organized based on whether they were from the Hatfield or McCoy families. Each person spent about five minutes with a producer, having a videotaped interview.
No one at Tuesday's event would release the name of the production company, and people who auditioned said they weren't given a timetable as to when they might hear whether they are going to be on the show. Trifecta Productions, which helped produce the recent Hatfield-McCoy documentary for the History Channel, was coordinating the casting process, along with Bill Richardson, West Virginia University Extension agent.
Jacob McCoy, 17, of Man, was one of the youngest people vying for a chance to get on the show. He said he has a good attitude and wouldn't be afraid to do what the producers want him to do. And with his long brown hair, black ski cap and red-checkered shoes, McCoy said he had something else going for him, too.
"I'm not the stereotypical West Virginian," he said.
Randi Larkin Swanner, 26, said she'd always wanted to be on reality television, but then she got married. The Ashland, Ky., resident thought this show might be more appropriate and "family friendly."
Swanner, a McCoy descendant, described herself as outgoing, opinionated and argumentative and said she'd probably be the villain if she were on the show.
"I've burned several bridges with friends," she said.
Other people weren't so sure about which roles they'd fill for the show, but they were quick to cast their family members.