‘Westworld’: Rodrigo Santoro Says HBO Series Is “Much More Interesting” Than Sex and Nudity

     November 2, 2015

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First HBO announced that the sci-fi/Western series Westworld is finally kicking off in 2016, then we got a stellar first trailer for the series, and then things got a little weird when details from one of the show’s SAG-AFTRA contracts surfaced. Apparently those doing background work on the upcoming series must agree to “perform genital-to-genital touching,” “contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude,” and more seemingly exploitative activities.

Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa JoyWestworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” and will show what goes down at an amusement park populated by life-like robots where visitors can live out their every fantasy, including sexual encounters. But still, that consent form is above and beyond anything I’d expect to see in the TV show adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton book of the same name.

I recently got the opportunity to talk to Westworld star Rodrigo Santoro for his upcoming film, The 33, and he took a moment to comment on the level of sex and nudity in the series:


“It’s not about that. It is much more interesting than that, and it’s part of the whole context of the series. There’s nothing out of context there.”

That’s basically the best response he could have given. There’s nothing wrong with sex and nudity as long as it’s appropriate to the subject matter and fits within the context of the story. Back when the details of that SAG-AFTRA contract were first made public, HBO insisted that an outside extras casting vendor drew up the consent form and that they were “rectifying immediately the discrepancies in this vendor’s document with our actual on-set practices, which provide a professional and comfortable working environment for all performers.”

Westworld is set to debut on HBO in 2016. The show also stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood. Keep an eye out for much more from Santoro and the cast of The 33 coming to Collider soon.

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