Here’s an interesting story – Julien’s Auction House in Beverly HIlls had a consignment of audition tapes featuring A-list actors from years ago scheduled for sale soon, from the archives of three anonymous casting directors. (It seems to me you could dig up their names pretty easily because of the films they worked on, but what do I know.) In publicizing the upcoming auction, Julien and Martin Nolan appeared on the Today show on NBC, and showed clips from some of these tapes
According to the Guardian, the Screen Actor’s Guild stepped in, stating that auditions are not public performances, and actors who participate in them do not expect them to be seen by anyone but the those involved with casting the film; and because of privacy concerns, they should not be sold or viewed.
The auction house immediately took those items out of its auction catalog, but since some of them were shown on the Today show, of course they’ve already been seen by millions of people. It looks like a bit of a tangle if anyone wanted to pursue it…..
In any case…..here’s the clip from the Today show, which is on its website. Russell and Jennifer Connelly, screen testing for A Beautiful Mind, appear almost at the end, about the 6:30 mark, and unfortunately we cannot hear their dialog.
Edit : I watched this video, and planned on embedding it here, but immediately after I wrote this post….the video is no longer available.