EXTRAS ON HBO'S 'WESTWORLD' HIT WITH XXX RATED CONTRACT CLAUSE

Extras On HBO's 'Westworld' Hit With XXX Rated Contract Clause
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EXTRAS ON HBO'S 'WESTWORLD' HIT WITH XXX RATED CONTRACT CLAUSE



Written by Jack Blocker
02 Friday 02nd October 2015

If you haven't seen Westworld (1973), I urge you to drop what you're doing, grab whatever machine you use to watch movies, and line that shit up. Best described as a 'sci-fi western thriller', the film portrays a futuristic theme park where punters pay to be immersed in a utterly realistic rendition of the Wild West - replete with saloons, bar fights, prostitutes, and steely-eyed sheriffs who want to challenge you to a duel. And because all of these patrons are cyborgs, they're programmed not to kill you.

And guess what?! One of them goes rogue and tries to kill the two main leads. It would be just another bit of 70s schtick if it wasn't for Yul Brynner who, in his role as the evil sheriff, effectively skims the story along razorwire with one the most chilling performances you'll ever see.

The original trailer.

HBO is currently producing an updated episodal version of Westworld, with Ed Harris in Brynner's role. HBO has recently come under fire after The Hollywood Reporter got their mits on the contract given to the show's extras. You might want to leave the room before reading this, because it. Is. HOT:

“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; [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.”

Word.

Here's the teaser for the remake.

Unsurprisingly, low-paid extras weren't chuffed to learn they'd be rubbing painted genitals on hands and other genitals, so they contacted the Screen Actors Guild. SAG then told members that they could still back out, even if they had signed the doc. Given that most extras are aspiring actors desperate for any work, let's assume a few of them offered their John Hancock without clocking the fact they'd have to contort to form a naked table with a bunch of other nobodies. The whole story is awfully reminiscent of this Youtube video. I guess life imitates art imitating life in the future, or something:

I have two thoughts on this. Firstly, I cannot remember the original being this pornographic. Because if it had contained merkins, genital-to-genital touching, and simulated oral sex, I certainly wouldn't have kicked up such a fuss when my dad interrupted a quality Cartoon Network session so he could watch it on UK Gold all those years ago.

Secondly, I'm excited for HBO's devolution (read: evolution) into full blown pornography. This is the channel that's given us Game of Thrones and Girls, and now they're making dramas that even no-name performers don't want a part of. And when they're backing out, you're on a fast track to smut.

Just like when Channel 5 got rid of Fifth Gear and replaced it with A 21st Century Girl's Guide To Sex.

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