Anna Faris has accused her former director of abusive behaviour when they worked together in the 2006 movie, My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
Speaking on her podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the actress claimed that late Hollywood filmmaker Ivan Reitman was a “yeller” and terrorised her on set.
“One of my hardest film experiences was with Ivan Reitman,” the 45-year-old alleged in the podcast of the director, who died in February aged 75. “I mean, the idea of attempting to make a comedy under this, like, reign of terror, he was a yeller. He would bring down somebody every day … and my first day, it was me.”
Faris brought Reitman’s name up as she discussed on-set incidents with guest Lena Dunham, during which the House Bunny star claimed the 75-year-old director “slapped my a–” in front of people on set after the actress showed up 20 minutes late to film a scene. Her tardiness was down to a wardrobe malfunction when the movie’s hairstylist accidentally spilled “a quart” of wig glue all over her costume.
“I was terrified truly that Ivan thinks I’m some kind of diva for not coming out of my trailer,” she recalled. “It’s a night shoot, and Ivan is just taking me down, He always called me Annie. He’s like, ‘You can’t play like that around here’ … and I [internally] was like, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t cry. No crying.’ And I felt angry and hurt and humiliated and defensive.”
The actress eventually asked Reitman: “Did no one tell you what happened?” after which he “kind of just shut up and … went behind the camera.”
“Then later he slapped my a— too,” she added. “That was a weird moment.”
Faris had previously shared this story on a prior podcast filmed in 2017, although she did not name the director.
In that taping, she said she could only “giggle” after a director slapped her “ass in front of the crew so hard”.
“I remember looking around and … seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird,’ ” she said. “And that’s how I dismissed it. I was like … ‘It’s not that big of a deal. Buck up, Faris. Just giggle.’ But it made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done that to the lead male [Luke Wilson].”
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