Anna Faris Accuses Ivan Reitman of Inappropriate On-Set Behavior

Actress Anna Faris has talked about suffering a “reign of terror” from director Ivan Reitman during her time filming My Super Ex-Girlfriend. The 2006 comedy movie saw Faris playing a girl with superpowers who is dumped by her boyfriend and goes on to wreak havoc on his life, but she says that it wasn’t the greatest filming experience thanks to a large amount of inappropriate behavior from Ghostbusters helmer Reitman.

This is not the first time Faris has made these claims, but it is the first time she has linked them to the late director, who passed away in February. While speaking on her Anna Faris is Unqualified podcast, the actress told her guest, Lena Dunham, about how Reitman “slapped [her] ass,” “yelled” at her, and made her time working on the movie a terrible experience. She said:

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“One of my hardest film experiences was with Ivan Reitman. 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 … and my first day, it was me.”

Dunham commented that she believed Faris was not “the first person” to have commented on this kind of behavior from Reitman, to which Faris replied that “it was, like, 2006,” and she had not believed that his actions were something she could report or talk about at the time.

Anna Faris Spoke Previously About the Same Incident

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Following the many accusations against Harvey Weinstein at the start of the #MeToo movement, many storied and claims were made about mistreatment and unacceptable behavior from a number of producers, directors and stars. Faris spoke about her experience with Reitman back in 2017 but did not specifically mention the director when making her claims. On her podcast in October of that year, she commented that she was filming a scene on a ladder when the then-unnamed director had “slapped [her] ass in front of the crew so hard. And all [she] could do was giggle.” She continued:

“I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird.’ And that’s how I dismissed it. I was like, ‘Well, this isn’t a thing. Like, it’s not that big of a deal. Buck up, Faris. Like, just giggle.’ But it made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done that to the lead male.”

At the same time, the actress also claimed that her agent had been told that she only got the role in My Super Ex-Girlfriend because she had “great legs.” She commented then:

“Listen, that’s a f*cking great compliment. I like my legs. But that sort of informed my whole experience with that whole project. I don’t think the male lead got hired because he had great legs. Therefore, I felt like I’m hired because of these elements – not because of [talent].”

Ivan Reitman made some of the greatest comedies of the 80s and beyond, such as Ghostbusters and Twins, and he acted as producer on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was released just months before his death. He was also working on Triplets, a sequel to Twins, at the time of his passing.