A report claims that a casting agency had sent an email to its client list of background actors, seeking extras for Trump's debut campaign rally

By Tim Nudd
Updated June 17, 2015 09:55 PM
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Donald Trump made his first campaign stop as a presidential candidate Wednesday in New Hampshire. But it was his hair – as it so often does – that upstaged him.

The real-estate mogul, 69, took questions about his famed golden coif from one woman who said she had done his makeup before. And he even invited another woman up on stage to touch his hair – “to make sure it’s real,” Fox News reported.

Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren, in describing the incident, seemed baffled that Trump’s hair was the focus of such scrutiny. “This is an extraordinarily different kind of campaign,” she said. “This is the first hair touching I’ve heard of [in a presidential campaign].”

During his speech in New Hampshire Politico reports Trump told the crowd, “I really am very smart and I’m very good at business and I can make this country so rich. Maybe people don’t like my style. Maybe they don’t like my hair, which is real, by the way.”

Maybe the same cannot be said for the crowd that turned out for his Tuesday campaign launch in New York City. The Hollywood Reporter late Wednesday got its hands on an email that New York-based Extra Mile Casting had sent to its client list of background actors, seeking extras for Trump’s debut campaign rally.

“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement,” the email read. “We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.”

Asked by PEOPLE for comment, a Trump campaign spokesperson pointed to a statement on Breitbart News from Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski.

“No,” Lewandowski said. “Donald Trump nor his presidential campaign have ever paid to have someone at a Trump event. He always gets the largest crowds with the most standing ovations.”

Whoever it is packing Trump’s campaign appearances, it looks like his golden comb-over will be a recurring theme for many of them.

In Iowa on Tuesday after Trump announced his candidacy, he mocked rival Republican candidate Marco Rubio’s hair.

“I think he’s a highly overrated person,” Trump said. “And by the way, I have better hair than he does. Believe me. It is my hair.”