Did Joss Whedon harass Gal Gadot? 'Justice League' star says she 'took care of it' after he threatened her career
'He threatened my career and told me that if I did something, he'll make sure my career will be miserable,' said the Wonder Woman actress
'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadotmade a series of revelations about 'Justice League' director Joss Whedon, saying he started getting nasty with her during the filming of the 2017 movie.
Whedon is in limelight for months after several talented actors on his projects, including 'Justice League', 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel', accused the director of being abusive and creating “toxic” work environment for the co-artists. Gadot's made the comments on an Israeli news channel N12 after The Hollywood Reporter released an extensive article full of many claims against the 56-year-old filmmaker including alleged friction he had with the Israeli actress. "He threatened my career and told me that if I did something, he'll make sure my career will be miserable and I just took care of it on the spot," Gadot said, as translated by the Twitter account Discussing Film.
Gal Gadot claimed that Whedon allegedly threatened her career and said he could "make her look incredibly stupid" on the set of Justice League, according to The Hollywood Reporter article and backed up by N12. According to a source, Gadot had "multiple concerns with the revised version of the film, including issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman." "She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next," the source said.
Gadot was asked for comment on the THR story and to release a statement, saying: "I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner." Back in December 2020, the actress confirmed that she was interviewed as part of WarnerMedia's investigation into allegations made about Whedon on the set of Justice League. "I know that they've done a very thorough investigation, even just by how much time I spent with them," the Israeli actress said during an interview for The Big Ticket podcast on December 17, 2020. On December 11, 2020, WarnerMedia issued a statement saying the investigation into allegations of a toxic workplace on the 'Justice League' set had been completed.
In the past year, many actors came forward making such allegations against Whedon. Ray Fisher, the actor who plays Cyborg, said he had engaged in "gross, abusive, unprofessional" conduct on the set of the DC Comics superhero movie. After his comments came to light, Charisma Carpenter called out Whedon for his behavior on 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' in which she played the role of Cordelia Chase. The show's titular star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, also backed her statement. Later, actress Michelle Trachtenberg claimed Whedon, was "not allowed in a room alone" with her during filming days after her co-stars spoke out about his alleged bullying and abuse of power. Trachtenberg, now 35, was 14 when she was cast on the show as Gellar's little sister Dawn Summers in 2000.
Other actors that have supported the claims made by Carpenter and Trachtenberg include Elisha Duzku, Amber Benson, and Emma Caulfield. 'Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo and 'Firefly' actor Alan Tudyk have both previously supported and defended Whedon from the allegations, with Ruffalo calling him "a deeply committed feminist." The Gadot insider who spoke to THR said that the biggest conflict with her came when Whedon made the actress record lines which she didn't like and "threatened to harm Gadot's career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins." The outlet reported that a witness on the production who had later spoken to investigators said: "Joss was bragging that he's had it out with Gal. He told her he's the writer and she's going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie."