There's a new TV show in town over at HBO, the swaggering, sexy Westworld. It's an exciting mash-up of futuristic sci fi and classic western, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins. That would be enough for most TV shows, but this isn't TV: it's HBO. Which means SEX SEX SEX.
The series is in serious trouble for sending out a very naughty casting call that violates SAG-AFTRA rules about who can touch union members' genitals when. Let's just say our interest in this new show was very aroused by reading it:
“This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back; ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude; and other assorted acts the Project may require. The Project will also include language and sexual situations that some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable.”
Basically, if you were one of the 50 extras paid $600 to wear a pubic hair patch in front of Anthony Hopkins, yes, you CAN change your mind about performing genital-to-genital touching at any time. HBO is scrambling to cover their rear (which they couldn't do if they were extras on the set of Westworld), and saying that Central Casting is actually responsible for the notice.
SAG-AFTRA is like, cool, but why did it take so long to get those actors clothed? In a statement, they said:
“SAG-AFTRA sent the consent form to HBO [Tuesday] afternoon and requested that the document be changed to more accurately reflect the contractual provisions,” a union spokesperson said. “HBO had every opportunity to rectify this situation, and it was only after their direct refusal to remedy this that we posted the notice on our website. The union is very pleased to hear that HBO is doing the right thing now, but it is disappointing that we had to take such public measures to ensure compliance with our contracts and protect our background actors.”
HBO got spanked harder than a background robot cowboy! That's show business: union rules.