Steve Martin refutes Miriam Margolyes’ claims that he was “pretty awful” working with him on the 1986 film “Little Shop of Horrors.”
In her new book, “Oh Miriam,” the 82-year-old claims she was “hit all day by doors opening in her face” and “repeatedly punched, slapped and knocked down” by Martin while that they were trying to perfect a scene in which he was supposed to knock her out.
However, Martin has a very different memory of their days on set.
“When I first read Miriam Margolyes’ derogatory account of our scene in ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ I was surprised,” he told Us Weekly in a statement Friday. “My memory is that we had good communication as professional actors.”
The 78-year-old continued: “But when it’s implied that I harmed him or was somehow negligent in doing the stunts, I have to I remember taking EXTREME caution about the fake punch – the same caution I would with any similar scene.
Martin claimed that Margolyes – who is best known for her role as Professor Sprout in the “Harry Potter” film series – “ensured [him] she felt good,” which is why they “did a few good takes and stopped.”
“There was never any physical contact between her and me, accidental or otherwise, in this scene or any other we shot,” he concluded. “Also on set, keeping their eyes glued to the action, were the highly sk**led and sensitive director, Frank Oz, a stunt coordinator, a camera crew, a script supervisor, as well as extras who witnessed of the whole scene very well rehearsed. .”
In fact, Oz seemingly confirmed Martin’s account, telling the outlet that the “Only Murders in the Building” star has “always been professional and respectful of everyone” on all of his sets.
“I always repeat physical actions in slow motion. The scene was supposed to include a fake punch,” the director said in a statement. “What she’s talking about is curious. This is not the Steve I know or anyone knows.
Margolyes also spoke about her “vile experience” working with Martin in a recent interview with news.com.au, saying she left the set with “a terrible headache” every day.
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“He was incredibly hostile because he was a perfectionist,” she told the outlet. “He was an entertainer and all he cared about was getting the comedic moment right, and he was right to do that, but he should have included me.”
“I just thought he was pretty awful,” she says bluntly. “He was an actor, that’s all I can tell you.”
However, she admitted that Martin was a “brilliant” and “gifted” comedic actor despite his alleged shortcomings.