Although the #MeToo movement has largely been representative of women within various field speaking out against their abusers, a small number of men have also come out as victims of inappropriate advances, including actors Anthony Rapp, Brendan Fraser and Terry Crews.
In a new interview with Sway in the Morning, Cory Hardrict shared that he was made uncomfortable by a casting director who wanted to see his physique during an audition, and that he was passed over for the part due to his refusal to oblige the film exec.
“In an audition, a big producer asked me right there on the spot, ‘Are you comfortable?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m comfortable.’ He said, ‘Your shirt looks tight. Can you unbutton it down to the navel?’ I said, ‘First of all, what grown man is going to ask another grown man to unbutton his shirt to the navel?’ I’m like, c’mon man, really?’”
Hardrict went on, “So my audition went from character to, ‘Am I about to whoop this mug up in here? Is this really gonna happen?’ I had to keep my cool. After that, I didn’t get no more callbacks. I had four or five callbacks up to that point. Didn’t get the role. I went home and told my wife, ‘Can you believe that?’ He had the audacity. I respected this man. To do that to me? And it’s not based off my talent, now it’s some other sh*t. I said, ‘Ok, it’s all good.’ I’m in it for the long game. I’ll get what I’m supposed to get.”
The father of two went on to say he’s been put in similar situations in the past and refuses to play along for the sake of career advancement.
“To each his own. If that’s what they feel like they have to do to get to that level, wherever that level is for them, then you do it. I’m not doing it,” he said. “I’ve been approached at auditions. Guys have said things and I’ve had to keep my cool and just say, ‘This job’s not for me,’ but I didn’t really take it there and fight nobody.”
Check out the full interview below, including Hardrict’s awkward audition story at the 14:25 mark.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.