HBO’s Westworld doesn’t debut until 2016, but already it’s making headlines.
The science-fiction series will delve into the seedier complications of artificial consciousness and, apparently, plans to do that with a lot of naked extras in the background.
An undetermined number of background players were given a disclosure and consent form by Central Casting that informed the actors that their role would require participation in graphic sexual situations. Among them are genital-related actions, the least of which included paint, the strangest of which included the phrase “table-like shape.” The list then concludes with a catch-all “and other assorted acts the Project may require.”
SAG-AFTRA, the labor union representing more than 160,000 film and TV professionals, seemed concerned enough by the consent form foisted upon the extras that it posted a notice Tuesday addressing the required permission and informing its members that “to the extent it conflicts with the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement, it is unenforceable.”
“The document that the background actors were given was created by an outside extras casting vendor,” HBO said this afternoon amid a controversial day on the set of Westworld, its upcoming series that had more than …read more