The director who was caught insulting Lukas Gage’s apartment after a Zoom audition has finally confirmed his identity.
Filmmaker Tristram Shapeero previously failed to make an apology to Gage while admitting that he was the culprit.
“I don’t have any apology because I didn’t say anything bad,” he said, according to TMZ.
However, Shapeero has since apologized in a piece written for Deadline, in which he said: “Despite what is probably wise advice: to say the least possible and let this pass, I have decided to come forward, take responsibility, make the apology Mr. Gage deserves, and offer some background for my unacceptable and insensitive remarks. I am Tristram Shapeero, a 20-year veteran television director, half in the UK, and the second half here in the US.”
He continued, “First and foremost I offer Mr. Gage a sincere and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behaviour during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved. My job is to evaluate performers against the part I am trying to cast. Lukas deserved better.
“This Zoom audition took place in August, after four months of lockdown. A number of my co-workers were also on the auditions which happened over several days. It was emotional to see actors work so hard to win the few parts available and we were deeply moved by the passion of these young people under the extraordinary circumstances.”
The director went on, “I was using the word ‘poor’ in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgement. My words were being spoken from a genuine place of appreciation for what the actors were having to endure, stuck in confined spaces, finding it within themselves to give a role-winning performance under these conditions.
“As I say on the video, I’m mortified about what happened. While I can’t put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube, I move forward from this incident a more empathetic man; a more focused director and I promise, an even better partner to actors from the audition process to the final cut.”
It started when Gage, 25, known for his role in HBO’s breakout hit “Euphoria”, shared a look inside his virtual audition with a previously unnamed director and how weird things got.
Teasing the clip on Twitter, Gage wrote, “PSA: if you’re a s**t-talking director make sure to mute your s**t on Zoom meetings.”
The director, who was not seen in the clip, began talking to someone also off-screen, “These poor people live in these tiny apartments,” he said referring to Gage’s home.
“Like I’m looking at his background and he’s got his TV…” he continued before Gage interrupted, “Ummm, you’re not muted.”
Gage added, “I know it’s a sh**ty apartment. That’s why I need you to give me this job so I can get a better one.”
psa if youre a shit talking director make sure to mute ur shit on zoom mtgings pic.twitter.com/PTgMZcRhEw
— lukas gage (@lukasgage) November 20, 2020
“Oh my God, I am so so sorry,” the director said.
“No it’s totally fine,” Gage added, before joking, “Listen, I’m living in a 4×4 box… it’s fine. Just give me the job and we’ll be fine.”
It’s unclear what role Gage was auditioning for or if he landed the job.
After Gage’s post went viral, celebs shared their reactions to the rude remark, including Kaley Cuoco, who wrote “WOWOWOWOO.”
Other stars who chimed in included Emmy Rossum, Robbie Amell, Cynthia Arrivo and Anna Camp, who asked Gage to “name the director!!!!”