EXCLUSIVE: A clip from a recently shared online audition The actor Lucas Gage went viral quickly and made waves in Hollywood. Now the director heard in the video, Tristaram Shepiro is coming forward and taking responsibility.
Shapero, a British native who wrote specifically for Deadline, provides his account of the infamous audition, apologizes to Gage and provides context for some words in his “insensitive comments”. Vipul TV director, who has worked on such series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine And never have I ever, Also explains why he decided to speak out and what he would snatch from the Zoom debacle.
Zoom and doom; Goes to an online audition
By Tristaram Shepiro
You might not know who I am, but you are familiar with my story. Lucas Gage, an actor, posted a clip on social media from Zoom Casting, which I and I had back in August. During this, an unmatched director makes reference to small apartments and ‘these poor people’ referring to actors. Quickly dressed Gaz replies that he is aware that his apartment is ‘shiny’ and that is why he needs this job so that he can get one better.
Since Gage posted the video, it was viewed millions of times and has received support from all corners of the acting world and many of his fans. The director was not initially identified, although there was much speculation as to who it was, which eventually proved to be correct.
Probably in spite of intelligence advice: to say the least possible and to pass this pass, I have decided to come forward, take responsibility, qualify Mr. Gaz, and present some background to my unacceptable and insensitive comments. Do it I am Tristaram Shapero, a 20-year veteran television director, half in the UK and the other here in the US.
First and foremost, I offer Mr. Gage an honest and unconditional apology for his insulting words, my unprofessional behavior during the audition and for not giving him the attention and attention he deserved. . My job is to evaluate the artists against the part I’m trying to cast. Lucas deserved better.
This zoom audition took place after a four-month lockdown in August. Many of my colleagues were also in auditions for several days. It was emotional to see that the actors would have to work so hard to win the parts available and we were deeply attuned to the passion of these young people in extraordinary circumstances.
I was using the word ‘poor’ as deserving of sympathy, unlike any economic decision. My words were being spoken from a genuine place of appreciation of what the actors had to endure, stuck in limited spaces, finding themselves to deliver a role-winning performance under these conditions.
As I said on the video, I am adamant about what happened. When I cannot put cosmic toothpaste back in the tube, I move on from this event as a more empowered person; The more focused director and I promise, a better companion from the actors in the audition process to the final cut.
With humility and gratitude,
Here is the video Gaz posted with the caption “psa if you’re a sh * t talking director, make sure to mute ur sh * t on zoom mtgings.” In it, Shepiro is heard saying, “These poor people live in these small apartments. I’m looking at her background and she’s got her own TV, “to which Gage responds,” I know it’s a sh * tty apartment, so that’s why I’m given this job so I can get a better one. “Feeling that his mic was unmated for private comment, Shapiro apologized and was heard saying that he was” murid “. Seth MacFarlane, Billy Eicher, Jude Apato, Zelda Williams, Patrick Wilson were among those celebrities One was who showed support for Gaze after the clip went viral.