‘He slapped my a**’: Anna Faris reveals director Ivan Reitman abused and yelled at her during filming
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The ‘Mom’ star Anna Faris has alleged that she was left "angry, hurt, and humiliated" by late director Ivan Reitman while shooting their 2006 flick, 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend'. The actress revealed during the latest episode of her ‘Unqualified’ podcast that she was inappropriately touched and yelled at on the first day of the filming. The 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' actress said she was late for the shoot by "20-25 minutes" due to an accident on the set, and the 'Stripes' director got furious with her.
“One of my hardest film experiences was with Ivan Reitman,” Faris said to her guest Lena Dunham during her podcast show. “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," reported Page Six.
The 45-year-old actress said the incident had left her hurt, and defensive, and she further added, “He slapped my a**, too. It was a weird moment.” On this Dunham questioned, “Did no one step in and say no?”
Faris replied, “No. It was like 2006,” suggesting that the incident took place way before social movements, such as #MeToo. 'The Hot Chick' actress initially talked about the alleged incident in 2017 with Page Six, when the social movement against sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and rape culture in Hollywood was dominant.
“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 a** in front of the crew so hard,” Faris said on her Unqualified podcast episode. “And all I could do was giggle,” she added.
She went on detailing the incident, “I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird.’ And that’s how I dismissed it. I was like, ‘Well, this isn’t a thing. Like, it’s not that big of a deal. Buck up, Faris. Like, just giggle.’”
As per the report, one of the producers on 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend', Gavin Polone, responded to Faris's claim on Wednesday, October 19. “I never saw that incident, or heard about it, but I would not have any reason to dispute Anna’s account, either,” he told Deadline. “If Anna says it happened, I believe her. If it had happened in front of me, I certainly would have confronted Ivan about it. I’m sad to think Anna was demeaned in that way.”
Reitman who had directed hit movies, such as 'Ghostbusters' and 'No Strings Attached', died in February this year at his home.at the age of 75.