Actress refuses to do nude scene: right or wrong?

Anne Greene and HBO are suing each other.

Green’s an actress who was hired to do a role in the HBO series Femme Fatales. (The series plays on Cinemax which is an HBO subsidiary.)

Anne Greene’s lawsuit says she was pressured to do a nude scene which she didn’t want to do and she considers this sexual harassment. Greene says she was unaware of the nude scene and wouldn’t have taken the part if it had been required.

HBO’s lawsuit says Greene was told when the role was being cast that it contained a nude scene and signed a contract agreeing to this. She then did the first day of shooting without mentioning the upcoming nude scene. The nude scene was scheduled to be filmed on the second day and when it arrived, Greene refused to do the scene. HBO alleges Greene intentionally chose not to mention this until after a day of shooting because this would mean the studio would have to throw out a day’s worth of shooting if they recast the part. When Greene refused to do the nude scene, the studio allowed her to do the scene wearing “pasties” and then shot the nude scene with a body double. The studio is suing Greene for the additional cost of hiring and shooting the body double.

So who do you think is right and who is wrong in this dispute?

Producers Sue Actress for Refusing to Film Nude Sex Scene

She signed the contract, she was aware of the stipulation. Make her pay.

Personally, I’m backing the studio on this one.

I think Greene’s actions were intentional. It’s impossible to believe she was unaware of the nude scene when she agreed to take the part. But it wasn’t a case of last-minute jitters - she has said she would never have agreed to do a nude scene.

So I think she took the part under false pretenses, knowing the scene existed but also knowing she was going to refuse to do it. And I think she intentionally waiting until the last minute with the knowledge that once the studio had filmed a day’s worth of scenes with her, they wouldn’t want to recast her part.

I don’t think it’s sexual harassment for an actress to be asked to do a nude scene when it was part of the script before she was cast and she signed the contract on that basis.

And I think it’s worth noting that Greene filed her lawsuit against the studio first. HBO only sued her for the extra expenses after she sued them for sexual harassment.

Here’s an article on the original lawsuit: Actress Sues Cinemax After Being ‘Blindsided’ by Sex Scenes

I don’t know if this show is being shot under a SAG-AFTRA union contract, but if it is, the union has very strict rules about notification for nude scenes. Additionally, industry practice is to be upfront from the time of casting about the possibility of nude scenes. If someone told me they went to a set and production suddenly sprung a nude scene on them at the last minute, I’d suspect it was some type of porn scam or something.

Additionally, it makes good business sense for a legit production to be upfront about nude scenes, since you don’t want an unnecessary monkey wrench thrown into your production at the last minute.

So, I’d be surprised if an HBO production actually did this. But, I’ve seen productions do really stupid things in my day, so I wouldn’t be that surprised.

Given industry practice and union requirements, if they did spring it on her at the last minute and pressure her to do a nude scene, then I’d say she has a pretty good sexual harassment claim. But unless the case goes to trial, I guess we won’t know who’s telling the truth here. ETA: But, if production was upfront and followed all the rules, then they’re entitled to be compensated for her disruption.

Anyone who signed up for this, and says they didn’t know there was going to be a nude scene is either: a) retarded or b) a liar.

Totally agree. First, I don’t believe that HBO does non-union shoots, and if they did she had better not be involved in them. SAG is not happy about such without a waiver like for a student film or something.
And where the hell was her agent? If her agent knew she had never done a nude scene, and then never told her there was one, the agent was being incompetent. I also assume it would have come up in the audition. So her not knowing implies to me that she is either lying or the stupidest person on any set.

Apparently the contract has been entered into the legal record and it does mention the nude scene. So I don’t know how Greene is saying she didn’t know about it. I guess it’s conceivable she didn’t read the contract completely before signing it but that does absolve her of legal responsibility for it.

But moving beyond that, the series was already being broadcast when Greene signed the contract and nudity has apparently been a regular part of the series. And the studio sent her a DVD of a previous episode that was related to the episode she was hired for.

It makes it hard to believe she wasn’t aware of the nude scene until the day of shooting.

I hadn’t read the 2nd linked article when I originally posted, but in the article linked by Little Nemo, it appears that this was an AFTRA contract, and she’s claiming the nude scene came about because on on-set rewrites. That’s prior to the SAG-AFTRA merger, but I recall them having very similar rules as the current rules, and if it went down as she claimed, what happened is a rules violation, and is a pretty good claim for sexual harassment.

But, I’m puzzled as to why there’s no mention of a SAG-AFTRA investigation into the alleged rules violation. Something isn’t adding up yet. So, I can’t really say. Attorney’s for each side are going to spin in the best possible light for their client, so I wouldn’t want to make a call based on dueling stories.

Who knows. Maybe she tried to get her foot in and once it was to late to re-cast she wagered the nudity would be toned down to accommodate her, which wouldn’t be an unusual tactic. Maybe she’s right and the script was rewritten after signing the contract to become more extreme than she was comfortable with.

That definitely counts against her, if true.

Generally, no. And in this case, since she had experienced advice from an agent, it’s going to be especially difficult to assert that claim. If her agent gave her bad advice, though, she’d have a claim against him.

This is a point in HBO’s favor, but just because a series has nudity, that doesn’t mean that every role requires nudity.

An IMDb search shows a single “Anne Green” listed as an actress. This isn’t always the best resource but it usually can be a sign that a performer is working a great deal. That, coupled with her suing HBO, pretty much that Ms. Green’s career in Hollywood is probably over.

It seems that she signed a contract and then apparently tried to back out of it. Had she claimed illness, she might have had a chance.

Not really sure if there’s any debate here. If she contracted to do it, then refused, she’s wrong and they’re right. If they require her to do it without having contracted it, they’re wrong and she’s right.

…was just about to say the same thing. What’s the debate?

It appears to be: which of those two scenarios happened? - but that’s not a debate, it’s an inquiry.

Yeah, I’m not sure either. But the one thing we may be missing is the details. Posters keep talking about a “nude scene” as if all nude scenes are the same.

*Scene 1: Actress turns, bares her breasts, and then walks out the door.

Scene 2: Actress drops all her clothes, full frontal shot, then kneels down while actor simulates anal sex.*

My point being, how much detail does the contract have to go into about the scene, and how much flexibility does the director have to change the content of that scene?

Good luck to her ever finding another acting gig. Unless she wants a career in Kirk Cameron approved films.

This Anne Lee Greene was in an episode of “Femme Fatales” – http://m.imdb.com/name/nm2880708/

She seems to keep changing her name as she changes roles. Also, she doesn’t look very “youthful” and that’s the kiss of death for most Hollywood actresses.

Hope that she has a backup career as her acting days are over.

Gotta agree. Everyone seems to agree it was in the contract (and if you don’t read contracts before you sign them, you’re setting yourself up for a world of hurt), and the studio went well beyond the contract in terms of making clear to her just what sort of role she was signing up for.

Maybe there’s something we don’t know that would make things look different, but it’s hard to imagine what that could be.