Anna Faris says the late Hollywood director Ivan Reitman created a “reign of terror” on the set of the 2006 comedy “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” and “slapped” her on the behind.
Faris, 45, opened up about Reitman’s alleged misconduct during a conversation with writer, actor and director Lena Dunham on the Oct. 19 episode of the “Anna Faris is Unqualified” podcast.
TODAY has reached out to representatives for Reitman and his son, actor and director Jason Reitman, for comment.
Faris described Reitman, who died in February at the age of 75, as an unstable director prone to violent outbursts.
“I mean, the idea of trying to do a comedy in this Reign of Terror, it was a howler,” Faris said. “He knocked someone down every day, and my first day was me. »
According to Faris, Reitman got upset when Faris was delayed in her trailer after a pot of ‘wig glue’ spilled on her just before filming a fight scene with co-star Uma Thurman . “I was terrified, really, that my first day Ivan would think I was some kind of diva that wouldn’t come out of my trailer,” the actor recalled.
Faris said she arrived “20 to 25 minutes” late on set, where Reitman yelled at her.
“I’m, like, in the middle of the street that’s all lit up, you know, it’s a night shoot, and Ivan is knocking me down,” she said.
“He was just like, ‘Annie!’ — he always called me Annie — he said to me: ‘You can’t play like that around here!’ … And I was like, ‘Don’t do this, don’t cry, don’t cry,’ and I felt angry, hurt, humiliated and defensive,” she recalled. “Finally, I said, ‘Has nobody told you what happened?’ And at that point he kind of shut down and then he went behind the camera.
She added: “But later he slapped me a–, too; it was a weird moment. »
“My Super Ex-Girlfriend” producer Gavin Polone responded to Faris’ allegations in a statement to Deadline: “I have never seen this incident, nor heard of it, but I would have no reason to dispute the Anna’s story either. If Anna says it happened, I believe her. If this had happened in front of me, I would definitely have confronted Ivan about it. I’m sad to think that Anna was put down like this.
The ‘Scary Movie’ star said she was afraid of making waves at the time and chose to deal with Reitman’s alleged misconduct by focusing on her job. “It was, like, I’m going to lay low and play it safe,” she recalled thinking. “I take no risks in this film. »
Faris previously opened up about being inappropriately touched on a film set without naming the film’s director during an October 2017 episode of her podcast.
“I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to pick up books from a shelf and he slapped me so hard in front of the team,” she said at the time. “And all I could do was laugh. »
Faris remembers being surprised that no member of the team had denounced the behavior of the director. Ultimately, the crew’s inaction convinced her to dismiss the incident, she said.
“I was like, ‘Well, that’s not a thing. Like what, it’s not that serious. Come on Faris. Like, rest assured. It’s not so bad. Like, just laugh. But it made me feel small,” she said. “And, you know, he wouldn’t have done that to the main male. »
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