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Anna Faris Accuses Director Ivan Reitman of verbal assault on set

Anna Faris
Anna Faris

Anna Faris is speaking out about what she says was “one of my hardest film experiences” on the set of My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

While in discussion with guest Lena Dunham on Wednesday’s episode of her Unqualified podcast, Faris accused deceased director Ivan Reitman of creating a “reign of terror” on set. 

During her podcast, Faris first asked if she could “speak ill of the dead” before releasing allegations of inappropriate behavior she says she endured while filming the 2006 comedy. 

The reference to the dead is Ivan Reitman. He was a celebrated director who also helmed the iconic comedies Stripes, Twins, and the first two Ghostbusters films and he died at 75.

“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,” Faris claimed of the director. “My first day, it was me.”

Anna said that she was late to the set on her first day after a wardrobe mishap and that Reitman’s response made her feel “angry and hurt and humiliated.”

The actress also said that Reitman “slapped my a**” in “a weird moment.” 

According to her:

“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,” she claimed on her podcast. “And all I could do was giggle.”

The star then called the incident “not that big of a deal” but noted, “he wouldn’t have done that to a male lead.” 

Faris, who is now 45 years old said something similar about the deceased director’s behavior in 2017.

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