I Said No to a Netflix Series Audition Because I Support Palestinian Rights


I’m an actor in the U.S. film and television industry. I’ve been around for more than 40 years. Recently, I was invited to audition for a new Netflix television series with the working title “Sycamore.” The appointment sheet informed me that I would be trying out for the role of Martin Wexler, a series regular character described as an American politician, living in New York — “approachable, distinguished, practiced, and elusive.”

I was intrigued by the role, and I was preparing, with some enthusiasm, to make a “self-tape” — a home video recording of my audition performance, which I would then submit to the casting directors. The casting directors, I hoped, would then show my video to the producers of the series. They, in turn, might give me the job.

While I was preparing my audition, I noticed the last two lines at the bottom of the appointment sheet:

Start Date: Sept 2019

Location: NY & Tel Aviv

(Source: Truth out)

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