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Joss Whedon speaks out against Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and says he ‘had to’ have affairs

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Joss Whedon at the premiere of “Bad Times At The El Royale” in 2018. (Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA via Associated Press)

Having had the opportunity to respond to allegations of serious misconduct – including allegations of sexist remarks and racist actions – on his sets, Joss Whedon faced cases (saying he “had to” have) and situations he “should have handled better” in his personal life. life, but disputed the claims of actors like Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and others. He dismissed Fisher’s complaints as those of a “bad actor”. In Gadot’s case, he suggested the Israeli actor misunderstood him because “English is not his first language.”

In a lengthy New York magazine profile of Lila Shapiro, Whedon offered her first detailed public responses to the negative reports, which began to appear in the summer of 2020 and encompassed not only the disastrous film “Justice League”, but also “Buffy the Vampire”. Slayer”, the TV show that made him famous.

Ray Fisher, whose role in ‘Justice League’ as the superhero Cyborg was significantly reduced when the film’s directorial reins passed from Zack Snyder to Whedon, has made several public statements accusing the writer-director of actions “abusive and unprofessional” on set. In Tweeter, he wrote that the director’s “on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was rude, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable”.

Among Fisher’s claims are that “the erasure of people of color from the 2017 theatrical version of ‘Justice League’ was neither an accident nor a coincidence,” as he told Forbes in an October interview. 2020. Several actors of color (including Harry Lennix, Joe Morton, Karen Bryson, Zheng Kai and Kiersey Clemons) had their roles reduced or removed entirely from Whedon’s version of “Justice League” compared to the “Snyder Cut”, though it’s unclear how much of these parts would have survived in a standard-length theatrical cut (the “Snyder Cut” is over four hours long).

Fisher also told Forbes, “Race was just one issue with the recovery process. There were massive outbursts, threats, coercion, taunts, unsafe working conditions, belittling and gas lighting like you wouldn’t believe.”

In the New York profile posted to Vulture.com on Monday, Whedon dismissed Fisher’s claims, saying he made the changes because the storyline featuring Cyborg (who may have been the central character of “Snyder Cut “) wasn’t working – and that he didn’t think Fisher had delivered a good performance. “We are talking about a malevolent force,” Whedon is quoted as saying in the New York article. “We’re talking about a bad actor both ways.”

“Aquaman” star Jason Momoa, however, backed Fisher, including in a September 2020 Instagram post that reads, in part, “Serious things have happened. They need to be investigated and people need to be held accountable. . #IStandWithRayFisher. aloha j .”

Gadot, who has played Wonder Woman in several DC films, told Israeli news outlet N12 that Whedon “kind of threatened my career and said if I did something he would make my career miserable… I shook trees as soon as it happened. And I have to say the bosses at Warner Bros., they took care of that…. Going back to the sense of righteousness that I have… I just did what I felt I had to do. And that was to tell people that it wasn’t OK.

The New York profile cites Whedon’s response to the claim: “‘I don’t threaten people. Who does that?’ He concluded that she had misunderstood him. “English is not his first language, and I tend to be flowery boring in my speech. “He recalled arguing about a scene she wanted to cut. He jokingly told her that if she wanted to get rid of him, she would have to tie him to a train track and do it over his dead body. “Then I was told that I said something about her corpse and tied her to the train tracks,” he said. (Gadot disagreed with Whedon’s version of events. “I totally get it,” she told New York in an email.)”

The profile didn’t specify which scene was involved, but there were reports that Gadot refused to shoot a sex gag in which the Flash (Ezra Miller) lands on her body suggestively; in the finished product, Wonder Woman’s face is not visible at this time, possibly lending credence to reports that Whedon used a lookalike to obtain the photo.

The New York profile writer responded to Whedon’s claim that he doesn’t threaten people: “An ‘Angel’ actress told me that wasn’t true when she knew him. After that her agent pushed her for a raise, she claims Whedon called her at home and told her she would “never work for him or 20th Century Fox again.” , she thought, “Wow, he still uses that line.” (Whedon also denied that.)”

Following these accusations, the “Buffy” teammates publicly condemned their former boss. Michelle Trachtenberg, who joined the show’s cast at 16, said there was a “rule” that he couldn’t be alone with her. Trachtenberg wrote on Instagram in a post early last year, “I’m pretty brave now as a 35-year-old woman. Because. It has to. Be known…As a teenager. With her behavior Inappropriate… very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. did. … The last. Comment I will make on this. Was. There was a rule.

Whedon says in the profile that he knew nothing about it; an anonymous teammate quoted in the article supports Trachtenberg’s account but leaves open the possibility that it was an informal rule that Whedon himself was unaware of.

In the New York article, Whedon denies many of the charges, although the profile includes quotes from many people involved with the show corroborating some reports and making new charges. A woman described as “a high profile member of the ‘Buffy’ production team” claims Whedon and an actress engaging in romantic activity in her office while she was working, prompting her to quit the production: ” They were rolling on the floor, kissing,” the profile reads. The woman reportedly said, “They were bumping into my chair…These actions showed that they had no respect for me and my work.”

While Whedon denied the “rolling on the floor” incident, he said of his now-documented adventures on the set of “Buffy” (while he was married), “I feel terrible about them. topic… it ruins the power dynamic.” The New York article continues: “…he quickly added that he felt he ‘had to’ sleep with them, that he was ‘powerless’ to resist. … He had been surrounded by beautiful young women – the kind of women who had ignored him when he was younger – and he feared that if he didn’t have sex with them, he would “always regret it”.

The New York profile is full of disturbing accounts of women – some two decades or more younger than him – who had had relationships with Whedon, describing manipulation and seemingly deliberate cruelty. To more than one of these accounts, his responses in the article were that he “should have handled the situation better” or similar variations.

Whedon told the magazine, “Could I have done the wedding better? Don’t get me started. Could I have been a better showrunner? Absolutely. Should I have been nicer?” Writer Shapiro describes him pondering the question, then wondering if the problem was with being too nice. make it look like I was an abusive freak,” he said. “I think I’m one of the nicest showrunners that’s ever been.”

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.



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