HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Extras Get a Taste of XXX

Being a Hollywood extra is not usually regarded as a particularly glamorous job. For a nominal payment and a few perks, you show up to the set, put on your costume or outfit, wait till they call “action,” and then do your best to disappear into the background. Nevertheless, the extras recruited for HBO‘s upcoming Westworld TV series found themselves with a considerably more interesting range of activities to perform, some of which are sure to raise the eyebrows of even the most jaded of pay-cable viewers.

The series, which remakes Michael Crichton‘s robots-run-amok sci-fi movie of the same name, asked its 57 extras to sign consent to “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.” Merkins? Genital art? Sex involving table-like figures (which presumably has to be seen to be believed)? Just goes to show that just when you think HBO has taken cable-TV explicitness to its extreme, they’re always able to find something that goes one remarkable step further. It’s also possibly further evidence that the distinction between XXX and “conventional” TV and cinema is less and less defined, meaning that porn is slowly becoming more mainstream with each passing year.

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