Joss Whedon clears air relating to alleged film set misconduct

Published January 18, 2022, 6:57 PM

by Punch Liwanag

Joss Whedon recently denied ever threatening Gal Gadot’s career.

The director recently addressed the allegation among others thrown at him.

The “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” creator was interviewed by New York magazine Vulture wherein he denied that he ever threatened Gadot’s career.

“I don’t threaten people. Who does that?”

Whedon said that the issue with Gadot stemmed from the latter’s grasp of the English language.

“English is not her first language, and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech,” said Whedon.

The issue with Gadot started during the production of “Justice League,” when Whedon took over the project.

According to Whedon in the Vulture article, he and Gadot argued over a scene the latter wanted cut from the movie. The director responded by saying that Gadot would have to “tie him to a railroad track and do it over his dead body.”

Whedon then explained “then I was told that I had said something about her dead body and tying her to the railroad track,” implying that what he said was taken out of context.

Gal Gadot, in an email response to the article said: “I understood perfectly.”

“Justice League” actor Ray Fisher, shared his experience with Whedon. Fisher alleged that Whedon’s behavior during filming was “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable,” wrote Rolling Stone.

Whedon responded to this by saying that Fisher was trying to damage his reputation. “We’re talking about a malevolent force. We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.”

Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and its offshoot “Angel,” also alleged that Whedon was “casually cruel” to her during their time on the shows, while Michelle Trachtenberg shared on her socials “that she wasn’t allowed to be alone with Whedon.”

“I was young,” Whedon explained in the Vulture interview. “I yelled, and sometimes you had to yell. This was a very young cast, and it was easy for everything to turn into a cocktail party.”

On the interview, it was indicated that Whedon is “currently seeking treatment for sex and love addiction, along with other tendencies.”

Whedon used the interview as a platform to air his side, saying people used “every weaponizable word of the modern era to make it seem like I was an abusive monster.”

Whedon himself thinks otherwise, saying “I think I’m one of the nicer showrunners that’s ever been.”

 
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