But hey, it’s all in the interest of pure art, and we’re sure the actresses were ultimately thankful for being pushed into their performances, right? Well, no. Both of them asserted that they would never work with Kechiche ever again, adding, “In America, we’d all be in jail.”
A Walk In The Clouds Exists Thanks To Horrendous Sexual Harassment
Maybe you’re too young to remember Keanu Reeve’s thrilling follow-up to Speed, which was about a WWII vet who leaves home to sell chocolate door-to-door and somehow ends up dressed like a moth in a flaming vineyard.
20th Century FoxStill a better choice than Speed 2.
We probably should have known right then that this film was the work of a warped mind, but it wasn’t until 2017 that Will & Grace actress Debra Messing revealed that her first big Hollywood project was total hell. Messing was cast as Keanu’s wife, who in one scene is caught sleeping with another man. While that’s a pretty standard twist, what made this particular nude scene unique is that director Alfonso Arau didn’t bother to tell Messing that it existed beforehand, and if she didn’t strip down, she’d be fired. When Messing asked for a modicum of human empathy in this fiasco, Arau simply said, “Your job is to get naked and to say the lines.”
Somehow it gets worse, as Messing’s reservations seemingly upset Arau enough that he began berating the actress about the size of her nose. And by “berating,” we mean yelling, “Can we get a plastic surgeon in there? Her nose is ruining my movie!” Because again, when you’re a professional director in charge of a major motion picture, it’s best to make the set as toxic as humanly possible.
Don’t Quit An Oliver Stone Movie (Or Else)
If you’ve been following the latest in “Which acclaimed auteur is a creep now?” news, you’re likely aware that Oliver Stone isn’t exactly a paragon of decency. But of course, none of that should come as a surprise if you’ve read any interview from any actor who has worked with him. Totally great guy Sean Penn described working with Stone like “talking to a pig.” Blake Lively compared working with Stone to “riding through Jurassic Park.” And actor (and part-time vile maniac) James Woods, who was in Stone’s 1986 film Salvador, about journalists covering the Salvadoran Civil War, has probably the craziest of tales.
According to everyone involved, the film faced immediate struggles, ranging from budget restrictions to colliding egos. At one point, Woods’ agent told him to quit due to lack of payment. Later on, Stone himself gave up his salary in order to pay for a pivotal scene. Needless to say, fun wasn’t being had. And in the thick of this, Woods clashed so hard with the director that he abandoned the film in the middle of shooting. Literally. He walked off the set and began to hitchhike back to Los Angeles from the set in Mexico.
And so, facing the worst of breakdowns between himself and a leading actor, Stone did what any perfectly sane director would do in such a situation: He called the police and told them there was an escaped lunatic with a gun on the road.
That’s right, for a brief period of time, actor James Woods was an armed fugitive in the eyes on the law. Somehow this didn’t end with him being shot dead in the middle of the highway, and Stone was able to lure Woods back to the set, thanks to the suspicious lack of people willing to pick up a man identified as a gun-toting threat. And yes, to be clear, Oliver Stone began waving down cars and warning them not to pick his actor up, allegedly with phrases like “There’s a crazy gringo with a .45. Don’t pick him up because he’ll shoot you!” But hey, had he not risked the actor’s life, we never would have gotten that timeless classic Salvador.