British television director Tristram Shapeero has apologized to Euphoria star Lukas Gage after criticizing the young actor's "tiny apartment" during an audition on Zoom.
The incident happened back in August when 25-year-old Gage was trying out a role on one of Shapeero's upcoming comedy shows.
Unaware that his microphone was not muted, the director said of Gage's living space, “These poor people who live in these tiny apartments. I look at his background and he has his television. & # 39;
Gage politely replied that he could hear Shapeero before saying, "Yeah, I know it's a fucking apartment so just give me this job so I can get a better one."
Gage posted the video on his social media accounts last Thursday and it has been viewed more than nine million times.
It's unclear why the actor waited three months to share the footage. Also, he didn't reveal what role he was auditioning for, although Shapeero is currently directing an upcoming FOX sitcom called Pivoting.
British television director Tristram Shapeero has apologized to Euphoria star Lukas Gage after criticizing the young actor's "tiny apartment" during an audition on Zoom. Gage is pictured on the call in his living room
Shapeero (pictured) is one of Hollywood's top sitcom directors. Its names include Veep, Community, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine
After hearing Gage's apartment criticize on the video, Shapeero said he was "ashamed" and "so, so sorry" for his comment.
The actor replied, “I live in a four-by-four box, it's fine. Just give me the job and we'll be fine.
Gage, best known for his role in the first season of HBO's Euphoria, shared the video on his Twitter account last week, writing: 'PSA: If you're a non-speaking director, you should get your s Mute ** t on zoom mtgings & # 39 ;.
He didn't call Shapeero by name, but the British-born director later identified himself as the man who made the remark.
Shapeero is one of Hollywood's top sitcom directors, with credits including Veep, Community, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
His last address is a $ 3 million house in the posh Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Gage, best known for his role on HBO's Euphoria season one, shared the video on his Twitter account last week
Shapeero's most recent address is a $ 3 million home in the posh Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles
A house said to be owned by Shapeero offers breathtaking views over Los Angeles
The large, light-filled house is a long way from Gage's box-shaped apartment. The Mar Vista property is currently valued at $ 3 million
On Monday, Shapeero refused to publicly apologize when he was approached by the media.
"I have no excuse for saying nothing bad," he told a freelance journalist.
Later in the day, however, he offered Deadline a groveling explanation.
First and foremost, I sincerely apologize to Mr Gage for my offensive words, my unprofessional behavior during foreplay, and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserves. My job is to rate the performers based on the part I want to cast. Lukas deserves better, ”said Shapeero.
“I used the word poor to mean sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment. My words were spoken from a real place of appreciation for what the actors had to endure, stuck in a confined space and find it within themselves to deliver a role-winning performance under these conditions, ”he continued.
Gage is still relatively unknown in Hollywood. He starred in the Hulu series Love Victor earlier this year and played a role in the science fiction film Max Reload And The Nether Blasters.
"As I say in the video, I'm ashamed of what happened. Even though I can't put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube, I'm moving from this incident to a more empathetic man," explained Shapeero.
Shapeero is a prolific television director with over 20 years of experience.
He started his career in the UK and made episodes of French & Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous.
Today he works mainly in the USA. His credits include Veep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, Community, and Parks and Recreation.
Meanwhile, Gage remains relatively unknown in Hollywood. He starred in the Hulu series Love Victor earlier this year and played a role in the science fiction film Max Reload And The Nether Blasters.
Most Famous: Gage is best known for playing Tyler in the first season of HBO's Euphoria and Derek in Hulus Love, Victor
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