Actress Anna Faris accused the late director Ivan Reitman of yelling at her and slapping her on the butt while on the set of the 2006 film My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
The 45-year-old The Scary Movie star exposed bullying behavior early in her career during the latest episode of her Unqualified podcast with host Lena Dunham.
Speaking in Wednesday’s episode, he said: “One of my hardest cinematic experiences was with Ivan Reitman.
“I mean, the idea of trying to do a comedy under this, like, reign of terror, was a scream. He was going to take down someone every day and my first day was me.
The actress, who played Hannah Lewis in the romantic comedy, recalled how her first scene was a fight sequence with Uma Thurman that they shot in the winter in New York.
She explained that before they shot the scene she was made up and made up and the hairdresser had accidentally spilled a jar of wig glue on her and her character’s expensive costume that brought her late to the set.
“I was really terrified that on my first day Ivan thinks I’m some kind of diva who doesn’t come out of my trailer,” she said.
“I’m like in the middle of the street which is all lit up, it’s a night shot and Ivan is just knocking me down.”
Asked if Reitman yelled at her, Faris confirmed that he did and that he would say “Annie, you can’t play like this around here”, which he said almost made her cry.
“I felt angry and hurt, humiliated and defensive. In the end, I said ‘nobody told you what happened?’ ”He added.
“At that point he kept quiet and went behind the camera, but then he slapped my ass too. It was a strange moment. “
After recalling the experience, Dunham asked Faris if anyone had intervened, to which she replied: “No, it was like 2006”.
Reitman, who also directed 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1988’s Twins, died earlier this year in February at the age of 75.
In 2017, Faris shared on her podcast that she felt “small” when a director slapped her on the butt while on set but didn’t provide a name at the time.
He said, “I had a director … I was on a ladder where I had this scene and I should have taken the books off a shelf, and he slapped me, in front of the crew, so hard, and all I could do was giggle. .
“I remember looking around and I remember seeing other crew members saying, ‘What are you going to do about it? It seemed strange. ‘
“That’s how I rejected him. As if it wasn’t a big deal. But she made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done it to the male lead. “
She said that no one had defended her because the man was a director and admitted that she had dealt with the situation by telling herself to “calm down”.
One’s mother had at the time shared her story following allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.