‘Boy Meets World’ Star Matthew Lawrence Claims Famous Director Asked Him To Strip To Land A Major Role
It’s not just the women in Hollywood suffering from #MeToo moments… it’s some men as well. During a recent discussion on the ‘Brotherly Love‘ podcast, 43-year-old actor Matthew Lawrence revealed he lost out on a Marvel role after rejecting the director’s advances.
He did not name the director involved in the incident, but almost everyone believes it was ‘X-Men‘ director, Bryan Singer. He has been accused by many of sexual misconduct, and the timeline fits with Lawrence’s story.
And get this, Lawrence claims his agency dropped him after he lost the role!
I lost my agency because I went to the hotel room — which I can’t believe they would send me to — of a very prominent Oscar award-winning director who showed up in his robe, asked me to take my clothes off and said he needed to take Polaroids of me. If I did X, Y and Z, I would be the next Marvel character. Not a lot of guys, in my opinion, have come out and talked about this in the industry.
According to the actor, this was not the first time he was put in a situation like this while up for a major role, and it’s at least a part of the reason he took a step back from Hollywood following some early success in his life.
He did note that obviously women have it way worse, but he thought it was important to share that men do experience it as well.
Men go through this as well, whether it’s another woman or another man in power. I think our society is less ready to hear that situation is going on with men than they are with women.
You’ve heard similar stories from a few other men in Hollywood, but for the most part, it’s not talked about. That’s why it was such a big deal when Terry Crews spoke out back in 2017. You’ll remember he tweeted that a “high level Hollywood exec” groped him at a party. He later named the man as William Morris Endeavor exec, Adam Venit.
He sued Venit a year later and they ended up settling before going to trial.