HBO has long been known for pushing the envelope with their TV series, most notably Game of Thrones, which has come under fire several times for its depictions of lurid sex acts and several characters being forcibly raped. The pay cable network will seemingly continue this tradition with Westworld, as Business Insider reveals a document from Central Casting, which details some of the sexual acts that extras are being asked to perform on the upcoming sci-fi series. Here's an excerpt from the document.
"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 which some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable."
Actor's union SAG-AFTRA also sent out a notice to its members, in response to this document. The notice informs their members that the SAG-AFTRA Agreement allows actors to withdraw their consent to appear in scenes involving nudity and sexual situations at any time before these scenes are filmed. The union's agreement also stipulates that the set must be closed during these scenes, and that no still photographs may be taken without the consent of the actor.
Westworld is a one-hour drama, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan. This new show is inspired by the motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Westworld is expected to premiere on HBO sometime in 2016, but an exact date for the series premiere has not yet been announced. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy created the series, based on the original film, with J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk serving as executive producers. What do you think of these new details? Are you more or less likely to tune into Westworld now?