October 25, 2016 at 9:41AM

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How do I appropriatly ask someone if they do nude scenes?

I'm the casting director on a new project. In the project, we have the male lead, a pantomime player, and a waitress. They fall in love and have a very sensual scene in the shower. We won't go full on "sexposition" here, like GoT, but for the sake of authenticity the director wants actors to actually be naked on set.

How can I ask the actors auditioning if they'd be up for nudity, without sounding as though I'm about to record a "casting couch" video?

Any answers would help me out a bunch. Thanks, people!

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Of course you should tell them because (I assume you make a contract with the actors) if not either they tell you they won't do it because the contract says no nude scenes (some have that part) or they tell you they won't do it because it was not described in the call sheet and/or the contract and they would have never applied for that role.

I would probably write something like that into the call sheet (actually never had that situation before but could imagine it very well) so actors who for them this might be a no-go just don't let you down because they tell you afterwards.

Also let them only be nude on the parts that will be in the image. If it's only the stomach this is the only part that has to be nude.

October 25, 2016 at 11:41AM

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Eric Halbherr
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Agree with the above. Here's another way to frame it: You should not ask somebody to do a nude scene. You should state clearly on the call sheet what scenes will require nudity and provide your policies for auditioning and/or shooting those scenes. You can and should be open to actors telling you what they are or are not comfortable with, but the best way forward is to be as clear as you can be about what you want and let them respond accordingly. Doing an audition and then saying "by the way..." is not cool.

October 25, 2016 at 1:14PM

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What the guys said above, and also it's only weird if you make it weird. Just ask, just say it, be confident in what you want, they'll either do it, or not. Treat it the same as any other requirement for that role.

But if you're hesitant, if you're apologetic, if you won't just come out and say what you want, the actors will sense that and you will come across as creepy.

October 26, 2016 at 12:09AM, Edited October 26, 12:09AM

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Make sure they know before auditioning.
Like Michael writes: state in the casting call and describe as clearly as possible what is expected.
Don't surprise anyone after inviting them to audition.

What Josh says: treat it as something normal.

October 27, 2016 at 6:29PM

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WalterBrokx
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