HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Asking Extras For Genital-to-Genital Touching in Contract
The upcoming HBO series “Westworld” is drawing some controversy at it was learned that background cast members were asked to sign a consent form that stated they will have to participate in “genital-to-genital” touching and other “graphic sexual situations.” A Deadline report stated that the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA is poised to have representatives on the set when the scenes are going to be filmed.
Part of the content of the contract are as follows:
“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.”
According to Deadline SAG-AFTRA have told members that the contract may not be enforced if it is in conflict with the union’s Television Agreement. The said agreement requires sets filming nudity scenes must be closed off except for authorized personnels and that still photography should not be permitted.
“Westword” is based on the 1973 sci-fi western movie that stared Yul Brynner. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton (“Jurassic Park”).
“Westworld” stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright. It is being produced by J.J. Abrams. The series is set to air on HBO next year.