Chris Kattan claims SNL boss Lorne Michaels urged him to have sex with 'A Night at the Roxbury' director Amy Heckerling
Saturday Night Live actor Chris Kattan made a stunning revelation that SNL boss Lorne Michaels pressured him to sleep with 'A Night at the Roxbury‘s' then-director Amy Heckerling in the hope that it would keep her tied to the film. He made this accusation in his new memoir Baby Don't Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live. The SNL alum wrote that he refused initially but then said that he and Heckerling had sex in her "casting couch" in her office.
Kattan claims in the memoir: "I was attracted to Amy, but at the same time very afraid of the power she and Lorne wielded over my career." Kattan and his SNL friend Will Ferrell began pre-production on A Night at the Roxbury, which was a feature film based on their popular sketch, in 1997.
At that time, Heckerling was attached to the project to direct and Kattan recalls in the book that one night after they had worked late, she had asked him if they were going to have sex. In excerpts that were shared on Twitter by journalist Seth Simons, Kattan writes: " I was shocked. Was she joking?" Kattan then says that he "tried to keep it light" with a half-hearted response to her question and the "conversation ended there".
The SNL alum then went on to say that on the following day, he gets a call from Michaels, who was signed on to produce the film. He explained that Michaels told him: "Paramount would only do the movie if Amy signed on as a director, not as producer," and that if he "wanted to make sure the movie happened, then [he] had to keep Amy happy". According to what Kattan wrote, Michaels told him: "Chris, I’m not saying you have to f**k her, but it wouldn’t hurt."
Writing about Michaels' warnings, Kattan writes: "That seemed insane." He then went on to say that he wanted to consult Ferrell but the SNL boss told him that "it was best if [he] didn’t mention it" to "Will or anybody else". Kattan wrote that he finally obliged and explained: "I was too scared. The last thing I wanted was to have someone hear Lorne say ‘career ender’ about me. To this day, whenever I think about that conversation with Lorne, I still feel repellingly pathetic."
Kattan also claimed that a few weeks after the conversation, and after one kiss he and Heckerling shared after a party, they had sex. He recalled: "She thought it would be fun to have sex on Lorne’s desk. I said a polite 'F**k, no!' to that, so we ended up going to her office and having sex on… yep, you guessed it, the 'casting couch'."
Heckerling finally ended up taking up the role of a producer for the film and John Fortenberry took over as the director. In spite of the switch that happened behind the camera, Kattan was still unnerved by what has happened. He wrote: "I was attracted to Amy. But at the same time very afraid of the power, she and Lorne wielded over my career."
Kattan’s memoir, Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live, is available for purchase on Amazon.
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