Nudity at audition...

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    Hi everyone,

    I know that the subject of nudity as been tackled over again and again,but what about casting directors asking actresses to go topless during the audition,not talking about low budget indecent films here but serious big productions!??

    Isn't that going too far?Apparently they just wanted to make sure that the actress wasn't gonna shy away during the sex scene...

    any thoughts on that will be much appreciated.

    Melissax

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    hmmm tough one that! Personally i would probobly do it (not because I'm a ho!) but if it is a reputable company and you feel comfortable then I would as long as they gave me a decent reason as to why i should! But if you are in the slightest doubt then dont x

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  • Helen Belbin

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    I have no problem with nudity (I do life modelling pretty regularly)but personally I would question why you need to get naked in an audition. Once you've got the job, fine but why do they need to check you out beforehand? To make sure you don't have wierd nipples or what?

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  • Thomas Matthews

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    Sure Equity has some guidelines about this. I think as long as you're informed prior to the audition and given all assurance of why and where the footage is going then it's fine. Obviously if you are giving full info and you agree by turning up then its all legit. The problem arises if they try to spring it on someone at audition. But check equity website or give them a ring just to clarify.

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    I think that you have to be really careful if you are being filmed during an audition (as you would most likely be for anything non-theatre related). If nothing was in writing you would have no comeback on the useage of that footage and you just don't know where it might pop up in the future... I'm sure most Casting Directors are highly reputable and there would be nothing underhand whatsoever but better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Rebecca Probyn

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    Fully agree. why do they need to? If you are informed that some nudity is required in the film then surely if you weren't comfortable you wopuldn;t be there#?! Also I would be careful if they are filming..speak to equity

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    you should ask your agent

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    Definitely speak to Equity and your agent. Regardless of the content of the script, I don't see that topless is required at audition stage. Ask the production company or casting director why they require you to perform your audition topless. If it is a cosmetic reason as has been suggested, ask them if it is OK for you to bring Polaroids.

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  • Sally Beaumont

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    Perhaps you could ask that another woman be present, or that it's not videoed (these things have a nasty habit of getting into the wrong hands). If you feel really strongly, perhaps you could give them a photo (if you've done topless before).

    It may even be pertinent to ask why you need to do it before you attend the audition- while being upbeat, professional and not being too nervy-sounding. It may be something like they need to check your body, or see if you'll really do it, or they may say it's not necessary.

    Do give Equity a ring- they'll be able to make more sense than me!

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  • Robert Dearle

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    Well I know this is different as mine was a fat bloke casting, so no worries of peoples motives with the film (I think!). I knew what was required (it was a comedy thing, suprise surprise) but I was amazed that a couple of guys had not been told that it was a nude job by their agents. One walked out, one stayed and did it. (In fact i often meet people at castings for commericals who know nothing of what they have been sent for.

    Rob

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    my agent got me this audition,but obviously she wasn't well informed coz when i got there,there wasn't any lines to read,the character was briefly having experimental sex and then being killed by the guy!?!

    Not an acting job in my opinion,any porn star or glamour model would have been perfect for that...

    So i told the casting director that i wasn't interested,not meaty enough for me,and when i was about to leave he asked me to read for another part,a speaking decent one this time...

    What the hell was all that about?a test???

    Anyway what a day!

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    I know alot of famous actress's say yes to nudity and then just don't do it on the day! Respect.

    However I would say a big NO. It's exploitation. The casting director would not even be there when you are doing the nudity( Should be a closed set ).

    It's an abuse of power and inappropriate.

    However when David Lynch asked Laura Harring if sha was okay with Nuidy in Mullholland drive , she took of all her cloths in his office and said 'Only for you....'

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    I have to say that I would say a definite "No" to this one. I think I would question how much I really wanted the job and also go on my gut instinct. I really think it's unprofessional and unnecessary. I think the advice to ask Equity is a wise one. I'd be interested to hear their response.

    Have any of the female members out there had personal experience of this and how did you handle it?

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    Thanks for all the responses,i went to this audition yesterday that i got from my agent by the way,i wouldn't have thought twice about going if it wasn't.

    And here what's happened:

    The casting dirctor gave me two sheets from the script to read for myself,as well as some stills to get an idea of the style...

    There were no lines,only actions describing my part having SM sex with her boyfriend and then being killed by him!?!!

    Then i asked for the other scenes involving my part and he said that was IT!!!

    I told him that i wasn't interested,explaining that the character had no journey,and that it wasn't an actress they needed for this type of role,any glamour model or porn star would have felt more in her element!

    Then when i was about to leave,he asked me to read for another part,a decent one this time,

    needless to say that it was a waste of time as i was very pissed off with the situation anyway.

    That was my experience...

    A day i'd rather put behind me...

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  • Sally Beaumont

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    I'd say they were pushing their luck.

    It's awful, but some unscrupulous people use the casting process to see if they can meet actresses (especially nude).

    I regularly get emails along the lines "you're hot- want to meet up?". Presumably the allure of being able to select the exact type you're after is just too much...

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    Hi Sally,

    Well again it was for a decent film,with big names as the leads,and a famous gay casting director director(can't give any names for the obvious reasons),AND my agent put me through that one,so i didn't think i had anything to worry about...

    What put me off is the fact that they weren't straight with my agent about the nature of the job!

    It caused unecessary embarrasment for everyone;and my ego's been hurt(another thread...)

    I'll get over it.

    All that to say that it could happen to anyone and even in apparently decent castings and that make it even more difficult to say NO coz you never know what you could get from it...

    Monica Bellucci got international by apparearing in the very contreversial french film

    IRREVERSIBLE, doing this sort of films can make you or ruin you!

    The best way is again to go with your instinct i guess...difficult one...

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    Hi Guys and Girls...

    Couple of pointers..

    1. Under NO circumstances should you bare any flesh or do anything that your gut tells you is wrong at an audition or casting... NO MATTER WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE...

    2. Call EQUITY and let them advise or help.

    Be Lucky

    TM...

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    nudity,sex...you can't avoid that anymore,that's what sells.

    And it'up to each individual to know how far they are prepared to go...where are the bounderies?

    I don't know anymore...

    I heard that in the film THE DREAMERS by Bertolucci,the leads had real sex!!!

    That is wrong in my opinion,no matter how much you fancy your acting partner,real sex's got nothing to do with acting,they crossed the line,imagine if everyone was going for it,every directors would start to take it as granted,and would expect actors to get it on for the film sake!

    Acting is called acting because it's acting.Period.

    The thought really is unerving.

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    Ahahah...Yea well in 9 SONGS it was the whole point wasn't it? Pretty obvious what's going on down there...if you know what i mean...

    But in THE DREAMERS????with BERTOLUCCI as director??????

    I really like his work and i respect what he does,but asking for real sex is taking it too far!

    Apparently in every film of him the sex scenes are for real!(LAST TANGO IN PARIS...)

    well that's shocking!particularly when you think about the scene with the butter in LAST TANGO,now that's hardcore!!!

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    So your gut instinct about this one was right all along. You wouldn't have started this thread had you been completely comfortable with it. As I've said before go on your instincts.

    I'm sorry you had to go through that experience but you had the strength of character to say "no thanks" - you won't regret that decision but you might have regretted saying "yes" in years to come so be proud of yourself. It takes guts to turn anything down in this business. I, for one, thoroughly respect you.

    As you say, the worrying thing is that your Agent was also misled so it will still not be easy in the future to know which auditions to go for and which to avoid. One of the pitfalls of the job!

    Think this whole topic crosses the other threads of "nightmare auditions" and "egos".

    Hope you have a great weekend to make up for a c**p Friday!

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