Anna Faris identifies director she accused of inappropriate behavior
He would bring down someone every day, and my very first day it was me. “
Anna Faris has identified the director that she previously claimed inappropriately touched her in 2017.
“One of my most difficult film experiences was with Ivan Reitman,” she said. “It was the idea of trying to make a comedy under this reign of terror. He was a yeller. He would bring down someone every day, and my very first day it was me. ”
Anna Faris attends the “Overboard (Hombre Al Agua)” Mexico City premiere at Cinemex Antara on May 8, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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Faris explained that her first scene in the film was a “fight sequence with Uma Thurman” that quickly went off the rails due to a wardrobe malfunction. She said, “I wear a red hair wig.” “Right before, my hair lady pulls out a large jar of glue. “
The glue dripped all over her character’s Yves Saint Laurent sweater, of which there were only two — which caused a delay in the set. “I was like 20 to 25 minutes late,” she recalled. “I was scared, really, that my first Ivan thinks Ivan is some kind of diva that’sn’t coming out of my trailer. ”
“I’m, like, in the middle of the street that’s all lit — you know, it’s a night shoot — and Ivan is just taking me down,” the Mom star continued. “He’s like, “Annie… You cannot play like that around here!” I was like, Don’t do that! Don’t cry. No crying. I felt angry, hurt, humiliated, and defensive. I finally said, “Didn’t anyone tell you what happened?” He then kind of shut up and went behind camera.”
Faris said this wasn’t her only uncomfortable run-in with Reitman, who died in February, that day. She said, “Later, also he slapped me as well.” “That was a strange moment. “
MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND, Anna Faris, Luke Wilson
Anna Faris and Luke Wilson in ‘My Super Ex-Girlfriend’
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When Dunham asked if anyone had stepped in to support her, Faris replied, “No. It was, like, 2006.”
Faris said that she isn’t sure how to look at the incident and whether or not it was worth doing more to resist Reitman. With that incident, I believe that I’m still in the generation and of a mentality of how calibrate that element.” she said. “On the one hand, it wasn’t anything, whatever, I’m fine with my ass. On the other hand, it was like, I did have 30 people around me expecting me to do something and I didn’t.”
Faris previously spoke about the experience on set in 2017 but did not name the director then. “I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf and he slapped my ass in front of the crew so hard,” she said at the time on her Unqualified podcast. “And all I could think was, “Giggle. “
Faris continued, “I can remember looking around and seeing crew members saying, ‘Wait! What are you going to do?’ It seemed strange. That’s how it was dismissed. I was like, “Well, this isn’t a thing.” It’s not so big of a deal, it seems. Faris, buckle up. You can just giggle. It made me feel small. He wouldn’t do that to the lead male. ”
Representatives for the studio for My Super Ex-Girlfriend and for the film’s producers did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.
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