Who hasn’t seen Hollywood yet? If you answered “Me”, get yourself immediately over to Netflix and start streaming this new series. For those of you who have already indulged in the latest offering from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, I commend your good taste and bring you tidings of what could have been.
Hollywood doesn’t shy away from the seedier sides of Hollywood. With one of the characters running a gas station that provides full service and a number of our leading men getting their leg up, so to speak, working there, it would be a tough ask. However, what we saw on our screens is significantly toned down from the original draft.
The cast dropped this tidbit yesterday (May 4) when they joined Seth Rudetsky for a new episode of his YouTube livestream Stars in the House. David Corenswet, the man behind aspiring actor Jack Castello revealed, “the initial draft of the script was very graphic. They toned it down.”
Darren Criss (director Raymond Ainsley) further elaborated and set imaginations into overdrive saying, “There’s no f–ing numbers on the dial anymore for how raunchy it was. They dialed it back severely to focus more on the heart and the hope… There was s–t I clutched my pearls at.”
And though the first table read of the script was “a little terrifying” according to Criss, it was nothing compared to the cast’s realisation that to film the “uber-salacious” scenes, it would require being fitted for prosthetics. During the chat, Corenswet shared that the content of one of his first phone conversations with costar and fellow Golden Tip employee Jeremy Pope (writer Archie Coleman) was about the possibility of them wearing prosthetics, admitting that “I thought he meant face prosthetics”.
Pope shared his experience of the penny dropping regarding the prosthetics, saying, that after he had his screen test, he was asked about being fitted for a prosthetic. “I was like ‘Ooo, does Archie get beat up? What am I getting?'” he elaborated. “Then I started putting the pieces together of Oh, we’re not talking about anything above the waist of a prosthetic.”
Hollywood is now streaming on Netflix. Catch their Stars in the House episode below.
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