“psa if you’re a shit talking director make sure to mute ur shit on zoom mtgings,” Gage captioned his Twitter video, which circulated the internet on Friday.
In the video an unidentified director, who didn’t know he was unmuted, bags on Gage’s living space.
“These poor people live in these tiny apartments. I’m looking at his background and he’s got his TV,” the director says before Gage informs him that he’s heard everything so far.
The Angelyne and Love, Victor actor then unmutes himself and responds to the director apologizing for his apartment.
“I know it’s a shitty apartment, that’s why give me this job so I can get a better one,” he says.
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The director apologizes to the actor, noting that he’s “mortified” not at his own comments, but at the fact that Gage heard them. The unnamed director continues to apologize until Gage continues his witty response.
“I’m living in a four-by-four box, it’s fine. Just give me the job and we’ll be fine,” he said.
The video made its rounds on social media, eliciting a number of reactions from fellow Hollywood names including Billy Eichner, Judd Apatow, Zelda Williams, Patrick Wilson and more.
Among the reactions and responses were speculations about the director’s identity, but also messages of support for Gage.
“Actors are often (not always but often) treated like garbage and taken advantage of because ‘we’re just lucky to have a job’ and ‘we’re gonna take the job anyway’ etc etc,” Eichner said, retweeting Gage’s video. “It’s fucked up.”
See the original video and the Hollywood responses below.
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
Actors are often (not always but often) treated like garbage and taken advantage of because “we’re just lucky to have a job” and “we’re gonna take the job anyway” etc etc. It’s very fucked up. https://t.co/z8YbVScAW3
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 21, 2020
As a young man I would have dreamed of an apartment like this one. Look at that sweet flat screen! The guitar! The moldings! https://t.co/cAEGxLy03G
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 21, 2020
Since @lukasgage is going viral on film twitter for being the graceful, quick-thinking sweetheart he is, I’d like to add for any (non-asshole) director’s looking that he’s also a delight to work with, funny, talented and a blast on set. Hire this man! https://t.co/Sjai5jqury
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) November 21, 2020
Thank u @lukasgage for posting this. Actors have to walk out on the plank and be open and vulnerable in an audition and too often the people on the other side have 0 regard for what that takes and how personal it is. fuck ’em. (also that room is nice & u handled that v well) https://t.co/7ZeVhuW3lF
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) November 21, 2020
Another thought… we didn’t ask to bring the audition into our homes. This incredibly challenging pandemic did. So be kind and compassionate. Times are hard for everyone. https://t.co/wniGOflgeG
— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) November 21, 2020
— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) November 21, 2020
Great attitude, bro. If you can help it, don’t work with dickhead directors. Patience. There are cool ones out there. https://t.co/HcLwPotw1v
— Jeffrey We Voted Out That Gameshow Clown Wright (@jfreewright) November 21, 2020