“I Respected This Man”: Cory Hardrict Lost Role After Refusing Request Of Casting Director To Unbutton His Shirt
The ongoing conversation surrounding toxic masculinity got a much-needed boost following the revelations of women who shared stories, through the #MeToo movement, about being sexually harassed and assaulted by men in power in their particular industries. But a number of men have also have had their share of negative experiences with powerful men. We know about Terry Crews, and even actor Brendan Fraser said he was touched inappropriately by the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press. In a new interview with Sway in the Morning, even Cory Hardrict said he’s been asked to do things he wasn’t comfortable with during auditions.
Choosing not to “go with the flow” and compromise his values may have held Hardrict back in his career in some ways, but he’s fine with that.
“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.”
In one particular incident, Hardrict went to an audition and was asked to show some skin. He believes his refusal cost him the job.
“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? 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.”
He said of the incident, “I walked up out of there so quick. I finished the audition but I gave it a flat read. Throwing the lines. I just knew it wasn’t me. I gave him the flat read and walked out.”
Check out that conversation starting at the 14:25 mark: