Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director of the most recent James Bond movie No Time to Die, has been accused of taxing an actress towards topless and firing her when she refused to do it.
In an interview with The Daily Beast Wednesday, Raeden Greer, who was tint for a small speaking role on True Detective when she was 24 years old, signed onto the HBO show under the impression there would be no nudity at all despite playing an exotic dancer.
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When she auditioned, the scene was initially set in the dressing room of a strip club, and there wasn’t plane a nudity rider, which is a standard consent contract for actors like-minded to a unrepealable level of undress and whether or not said nudity can be used in marketing material. It moreover allows performers to negotiate a higher paycheck if they stipulate to be naked on screen. So when she received the script and noticed her part involved a little bit of dancing, Greer became very wary of what execs may make her do:
“I started wondering, ‘Are they going to try something with me? Considering this has never been mentioned that there was any nudity in this role.’”
And knowing that other stars like Alexandra Daddario appeared nude on the show before, the American Horror Story licentiate made sure with her wage-earner and tossing that she wouldn’t have to perform in the buff:
“So, I started asking without that, like, ‘To be clear, there’s no nudity involved in this role, right?’ I kept getting the wordplay from my wage-earner and from tossing — no, that would be veritably unheard of if they asked you to do nudity without it wasn’t disclosed. There was no rider, there was no negotiating this into your contract, that would not happen, so stop asking well-nigh it considering it’s making you squint amateurish.’ So, I was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna quit worrying well-nigh it.’”
However, on the day of filming in March 2013, she says her wardrobe consisted of nothing but a nude thong and pasties. Without asking a PA to grab someone to talk well-nigh her feeling “extremely uncomfortable” with the costume or lack thereof, Fukunaga and flipside producer tangibly pulled her whispered and pressured her into caving in. Greer recalled:
“I was, like, frantic considering I don’t want to do that, I don’t want to get naked. I wasn’t expecting to [and] this is not fair. Are you expecting me to do this? Cary said to me at that moment, ‘Everybody on this show goes topless. All the women on the show go topless. Your weft is a stripper, so you have to.’”
Actually, no, she doesn’t have to — expressly if it’s not in her contract! But despite putting her foot down, the two men tangibly unfurled trying to push her into doing the scene:
“He was trying variegated things to convince me that it’s not a big deal. It [was] going to be very tasteful, or it’s just gonna be really insignificant in the background. I was like, ‘Well, if it’s so insignificant, why is he so insistent that I have to do this?’ It was just on and on and on with no budging.”
Greer still refused, and she says the two men sooner left to come up with a replacement plan. But when flipside producer sooner circled when to her, she claims it was just to inform the Magic Mike XXL actress that they found an uneaten to take over the role and fired her:
“It was extremely s****y, it was horrible. To know how little I mattered and how little whatever I brought to the table meant to them. It was like, ‘You are just completely removable and plane somebody who has never f**king make-believe surpassing can do this. Just go home, we’ll get everyone else to come in here and do this.’ So yeah, it was degrading. It was humiliating and made me finger terrible. As soon as I got in my car, I started crying and I tabbed my wage-earner and I told her what happened and she couldn’t believe it.”
Wow, what a d**k a thing to do to someone — again, expressly when nudity wasn’t in the contract in the first place! Plenty of stripper storylines don’t have to undeniability for nudity, but if that’s what the creatives wanted, they should have ensured it was all well-set on during the tossing and negotiation process. But since they didn’t, equal to her, they instead tangibly pressured her into doing something that wasn’t in the job unravelment and then fired her when she refused.
But why didn’t she come forward with her story until 8 years later? Greer explained to The Daily Beast that she decided to do it without seeing Fukunaga unshut up well-nigh bringing feminism into the Bond franchise and explained that he hired Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a co-writer to ensure the film’s “female notation [are] increasingly than just contrivances.” Something Raeden now finds hypocritical without her incident:
“Now, Cary is out here talking well-nigh his sexuality notation — it’s like flipside slap in the squatter over and over and over. Yes, he has had an illustrious career — that was a star-maker for him, and what happened to me? Nobody cares. That was the human element that was missing that is so hurtful to me, that you could just squint at somebody — a young girl who is starting out in her career who doesn’t want to show everything she’s got naked on camera spur of the moment, and you can’t understand that? He knew that he wasn’t doing [it] whilom board. He knew.”
Though maybe the director had realized so-called errors of past and wanted to be a good guy going forward? We don’t know, but we do understand how it would still frustrate the actress nonetheless.
At this time, Fukunaga hasn’t responded to the accusation. Reactions to the claims made by Greer, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments (below).
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