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Casting Directors Yell 'Cut' on Actors Going Under the Knife

Plastic-Surgery_shutterstock_49240741 Do you think your acting career would take off or suffer if you had plastic surgery? Have you had cosmetic enhancements; and if so, have the changes to your looks affected the roles you're offered? What do you think about the trend of actors and models getting nipped, tucked, implanted, and injected?

In the The New York Times article "A Little Too Ready for Her Close-Up?," writer Laura M. Holson speaks to TV executives, casting directors, and agents to get their take on Hollywood's changing attitudes toward cosmetic surgery:

In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood’s attitude toward breast implants, Botox, collagen-injected lips and all manner of plastic surgery.

Television executives at Fox Broadcasting, for example, say they have begun recruiting more natural looking actors from Australia and Britain because the amply endowed, freakishly young-looking crowd that shows up for auditions in Los Angeles suffers from too much sameness.

“I think everyone either looks like a drag queen or a stripper,” said Marcia Shulman, who oversees casting for Fox’s scripted shows.

Independent casting directors like Mindy Marin, who worked on the Jason Reitman film “Up in the Air,” are urging talent agents to discourage clients from having surgery, particularly older celebrities who, she contends, are losing jobs because their skin is either too taut or swollen with filler. Said Ms. Marin: “What I want to see is real.”

Even extras get the once-over. Sande Alessi, who helped cast the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, said  ... [Click here for the full story]

“Pirates of the Caribbean 4” reportedly even banned fake breasts to maintain historical accuracy, while Keira Knightley revealed a couple of years ago that a special makeup process was used to enhance her "Pirates" cleavage without surgery.

Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory responds in a follow-up article, "Botox backlash in Hollywood: Casting directors turn against unrealistic beauty standards -- or at least embarrassingly awful plastic surgery." And the NY Post interviews casting directors Megan Foley and Danny Roth in "The Boob Bust! Once de rigueur for Hollywood's most beautiful actresses, fake breasts are now totally passe." Leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts on this topic.

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