Matthew Lawrence Says He Got Dropped By His Agent For Refusing To Get Naked For A Famous Director

April 30, 2023 / Posted by:

Back in the day, the Lawrence brothers were like the Jonas brothers. Joey, Matthew, and Andrew Lawrence were three siblings who sang (sorta), acted (your mileage may vary on the definition of acting in this case), and looked vaguely alike (bingo). Their heyday was in the 90s, but Joey has had the most consistent career of the two, having starred in Melissa & Joey in the 2010s and, most recently, as a contestant on The Masked Singer. The other two, however, have been less visible. Well, Matthew recently shared some insight into why his career took a dip: he wouldn’t get nude for a director.

The brothers host a podcast called Brotherly Love (incidentally, that’s the same name of a TV show they once all starred in), where they delve into their “unique relationship” and “explore their journey navigating life, love and the ups and downs of growing up together.” Obviously, the series touches upon their Hollywood experiences in addition to the stories about how Joey probably hogged the bathroom when they were kids. In a recent episode, Matthew detailed what happened with the “Oscar-winning director.” via Variety:

…the 43-year-old actor recounts his experience refusing to engage with a director involved with a Marvel project, who asked Lawrence to take his clothes off during a meeting.

“There’s been many times in my life where I’ve been propositioned to get a huge role,” Lawrence says on the podcast. “I lost my agency because I went to the hotel room” where, the actor alleges, a prominent director “showed up in his robe, asked me to take my clothes off, said he needed to take Polaroids of me and said if I did X, Y and Z, I would be the next Marvel character.”

Lawrence alleges that his agency (which he did not identify by name) ended up firing him because he left the hotel room. A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment.

If you don’t recall, Matthew was known for his role as one of the kids in Mrs. Doubtfire and a regular cast member in Boy Meets World in the show’s later years. One could say that he was of a fairly decent profile back then. Matthew states his alleged experience is just one part of #MeToo, a movement that he describes as “a very good thing.” However, he believes that people aren’t necessarily ready for the male side of the movement.

“Not a lot of guys in my opinion have come out and talked about this in the industry,” Lawrence said. “Now granted, it’s probably about a third of what women go through. Men go through this as well… I think our society is less ready to hear that situation is going on with men than they are with women.”

As for which director Matthew is talking about, let’s see. Preying on young men and boys? A superhero movie? Promises of Marvel fame? The “Oscar-winning director” part is throwing me off. But still, I wonder WHO it could be?!!

Here’s the full podcast, and Matthew’s tale of the creepy director starts at the beginning:

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