Have you ever seen the 1973 classic Westworld? It’s a fantastic sci-fi movie from Michael Chriton that starred Yul Brenner and a young James Brolin.
The movie focused on three different amusement parks where tourists could go to experience three different old worlds. You could go back to Medieval World, which was medieval Europe where you would live like a medieval king. You could go to Roman World, which was a replica of the city of Pompeii. Or you could go to West World, which was the American West where you get to be a gambler and a gunslinger. It’s a fantastic movie really.
Well. HBO is turning this movie in to a series and there is an interesting casting contract being floated around Hollywood right now that lets us know that HBO is going to take full advantage of the fact that they are on pay cable and they can have naked people. Here is part of the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
Background actors — extras — for HBO’s Westworld were being required Tuesday to sign a nudity and sex consent form that reads like the Kama Sutra and that has SAG-AFTRA officials worried that performers won’t realize that if they get cold feet on set they have the right to withdraw.
Indeed, cold feet may be the least of a performer’s worries.
The explicit consent form itself wouldn’t pass standards reviews at a broadcast network as it recites that the performer “may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, 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, [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.”
Less strenuously, others might simply “have [their] genitals painted.”
Like all lists drafted by a lawyer, this one includes a catch-all phrase at the end, indicating that the actor may also be pressed into service to perform “other assorted acts the project may require.” The imagination wanders at that phrase, but an omission from the form suggests that whips and chains may be off the table: the union contract requires advance notice of “rough or dangerous” work, and no such warning appears on the form.
You can read the rest at The Hollywood Reporter and if anyone has any casting connections in Hollywood, find out if they need overweight, out of shape, middle-aged white guys to be extras. I think I might have some time in my schedule where I could be free to work.
Here is a teaser released by HBO for the upcoming series.