Director Tristram Shapeero Sorry for Lukas Gage’s viral video

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After euphoria Star Lukas Gage posted a video of a director’s accidentally unmute comments during his Zoom audition, apparently filmed in August, with fans going wild trying to identify the unseen British director via his speaking voice. After a weekend of speculation, prolific television director Tristram Shapeero wrote an apology for his comment on the “poor” actors with “tiny” apartments on Monday evening, although he told TMZ earlier today : “I have no excuse, because I did not say nothing bad.

“First and foremost, I offer Mr. Gage a sincere and unvarnished apology for my offensive remarks, my unprofessional behavior during the hearing and for not giving him the focus and attention he needs. he deserved it, ”Shapeero says in an essay published on Deadline. “My job is to assess the performers against the role I’m trying to cast. Lukas deserved better.

Said the director, he was actually expressing his sympathy for artists trying to land concerts from home, many of whom, like Gage, have to cobble together a space to audition where they can. “I was using the word ‘poor’ in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment,” Shapeero says. “My words were spoken from a real place of appreciation for what the actors had to endure, stuck in confined spaces, finding in themselves a winning performance under these conditions.

“As I say on the video, I’m mortified about what happened,” says the director, who can be heard apologizing on Gage’s video. “While I can’t put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube, I move from this incident to a more empathetic man; a more focused director and I promise, an even better partner for the actors from the audition process to the final cut.

According to Page Six, Gage did not land the job.

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