HBO’s “Westworld” Casting Calls For “Genital-To-Genital Touching”

I discovered this morning that my coworkers don’t know what “Westworld” is, which is the actual definition of a tragedy. Look it up! This came up because Deadline released a weird casting call for the HBO “Westworld” series based on the original 1973 James Brolin-Yul Brynner film. Here’s the text from the casting call, for extras:

“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.”

I looked at this and thought, “Yeah, that sounds about right for ‘Westworld.’” My coworkers, though, were asking things like, “What is this anyway?” Jaw on the floor, readers. Jaw. On. The. Floor.

If you’re not savvy with 1970s sci-fi movies, which would be the second definition of a tragedy, “Westworld” is based on the premise of a western-themed adult theme park populated by robots that you can have sex with and kill, supposedly without a moral dilemma. The guns have bullets, they recoil like real guns, it feels like you’re shooting, but they only work when they’re pointed at a robot. Until, of course, the Yul Brynner robot goes haywire and starts hunting down all the humans. It was, simultaneously, a sort of meta-commentary nod to Yul Brynner’s amazing career in films like “The Magnificent Seven,” and, more importantly, a genuinely scary movie about where exactly we are planning to take our love affair with technology, and how we handle technology and ethics as we proceed toward that destination.

Here’s how much I love “Westworld”: I own a copy on DVD. I do not want to ever have to depend on Netflix, Prime, or any other means of acquiring the film to watch it; I want it available to me immediately. So yes, I have been very, very excited about this HBO series from the minute it was announced.

As far as the casting call goes, I know next to nothing about ethics in the film industry, but SAG-AFTRA will have a representative on set during the filming of this scene to make sure everything goes, you know, legally. The only other thing to say is that it sounds pretty hot. Most importantly, we’re now all caught up on what “Westworld” is and why we should all have a big viewing party when it premieres; the tragedy has been rectified.


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