From the writer of “The Dark Knight,” “Interstellar,” “Inception,” and the creator of “Person of Interest,” Jonathan Nolan is bringing a new science fiction thriller television series “Westworld” for HBO based on a 1973 film of the same name. The series is all set to premiere next year but the production studio and the channel are having some problems with the acting union, SAG-AFTRA and it is not looking good.
According to SAG-AFTRA, the background performers should get $157 a day, but according to the recent sources, there have been some adjustments between the “Westworld” creator and HBO, bringing the pay to $600. From the closed sources, the reason being is an unprecedented amount of simulated sex scenes the extras were asked to perform for the show.
According to Deadline, each of the 57 extra of the upcoming sci-fi series had to sign a contract, which stated that during the shooting of the series, they all have to appear fully nude and have to perform oral sex with hand to-genital touching. “The Project will also include language and sexual situations that some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable.”
As we all know that there have been nudity in TV and film from so many years. “Game of Thrones,” “California,” and “Masters of Sex” are the few notable TV series that showed frontal nudity. On the other hand, movies by Tinto Brass has created altogether a new wave in the erotic genre, but according to few veteran background players, asking this kind of waiver is completely new. The background performers will do a lot of things just to get a scene on the silver screen but if the studios are going to ask them to sign a contract stating all this, performers will not say no even if they are uncomfortable.
Terri Becherer, SAG-AFTRA’s National Director of Speciality Performers said that their union believes in the First Amendment and they support a creator’s right to execute his story accordingly. “But this seems to go far beyond the scope of what background actors are asked to do in the course of their day,” he added.
According to Hollywood Reporter, HBO has issued an official statement citing that the document that the background actors were given was created by an outside extras casting agency. “It was not requested, written or approved by HBO, Warner Bros. Television, or the producers, and contains situations that we do not require of any actor.”
The sci-fi series “Westworld” will premiere in 2016 and will star Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris in the lead roles.
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