Allegations in opposition to Joss Whedon have emerged (Picture: FilmMagic)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer showrunner Joss Whedon has been described as an ‘egomaniac’ who knowledgeable stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt and stunt double Sophia Crawford no person would lease them as soon as extra after a disagreement on set.
The Avengers director labored with Pruitt and Crawford, who doubled for Sarah Michelle Gellar, for four seasons of Buffy sooner than the row which will consequence within the pair leaving the current for good.
The couple, who started relationship whereas engaged on the sequence and who’re really married, have alleged to Metro.co.uk that Whedon demanded they break up if Crawford wished to proceed engaged on the current and, after they refused, they found completely different directors reluctant to work with them.
Pruitt has moreover claimed that his residence computer had been ‘keylogged’, with one producer allegedly confirming that that they’d ‘had copies of every e-mail he’d ever despatched since he started the current.’
The stunt coordinator talked about: ‘We had a improbable relationship, Joss and I, nonetheless he modified as a result of the current took off.
‘He went from the usual writer who used to indicate to me for strategies to shoot fight scenes into an precise egomaniac who believed his private hype. Then as soon as extra, maybe he was always that method and I was simply too naive to see it as he under no circumstances confirmed that facet to me sooner than. We’d always supported each other […]
‘Sophia and I saved going for as long as we could nonetheless tensions grew and positive members of the crew began to plot in opposition to 1 one other – along with shady points directed at me behind my once more.
Whedon allegedly demanded Pruitt and Crawford break up (Picture: Getty Pictures)
‘Although we cherished making the current, by season four I’d grow to be fed up and knowledgeable them I was going to depart to direct Second Unit on one different sequence. The producers knowledgeable me that Joss reacted as if I was having an affair or one factor behind his once more.’
Pruitt went on to say that he was requested to come back again once more for season 5, which he agreed to, sooner than Whedon referred to as him to say he was meeting with Crawford.
He continued: ‘Sophia didn’t inform me till later that he’d requested her to return to take care of being “The Slayer” nonetheless he had one request. He wished her to interrupt up with me first. She refused and left. She was disgusted by this.’
Crawford added to Metro.co.uk: ‘I really cherished Buffy, nonetheless in truth Joss and Jeff had a bit of little bit of a falling out. And I’m optimistic it should have been resolved, could have been resolved, within the occasion that they’d have merely talked it over.
‘Nevertheless I was referred to as into the office and I was given an ultimatum. They normally talked about to me, “Come once more to the current, nonetheless it’s advisable depart Jeff, or don’t come once more.” And so I primarily started crying. And I discussed “F you. That’s horrible, bye.”‘
She added that she’s grateful for the alternate options she had, and had a ‘good’ relationship with lots of the employees on the current.
Crawford doubled for Sarah Michelle Gellar for four seasons (Picture: sophiacrawfordstunts)
After further disagreements on set, which seen Pruitt speaking out on a public Buffy dialogue board and Whedon claiming he’d knowledgeable lies about him, the stunt coordinator talked about: ‘Lastly, I merely reached down and took his hand.
‘I shook it and knowledgeable him how lots I’d cherished engaged on the current with him. I wished him luck and left. He appeared stunned.’
Pruitt added: ‘Joss knowledgeable every Sophia and I that “no person will ever lease you as soon as extra after this”. He under no circumstances says to anyone that he’ll see to it you under no circumstances work on this metropolis as soon as extra. He is very cautious. He solely insinuates that no person will ever lease you as soon as extra when you occur to don’t please him.’
Nonetheless, he outlined that ensuing from having buddies throughout the enterprise, he continued working and talked about: ‘No matter Joss, Sophia and I every went on to make additional cash with a lot much less heartache than we’d made in all the Buffy years by engaged on completely different initiatives.’
Whedon has been described as an ‘egomaniac’ (Picture: WireImage for Equality Now)
‘Nonetheless, I’ve to confess that usually I’ve been provided a job only for it to instantly vanish,’ Pruitt continued. ‘ I’ve been knowledgeable that they wished a “Jeff Pruitt sort – nonetheless it may’t be Jeff Pruitt”. That really has occurred a couple of cases.’
Pruitt added: ‘As a result of it appears Sophia knowledgeable me that in her meeting certainly one of many producers unintentionally blurted out…that that they’d copies of every e-mail I’d ever despatched since I started the current. This was odd to me because of I solely emailed from my residence computer. How could they?
‘Afterward I was knowledgeable there was a rumor that some employees of the current who ventured into The Bronze dialogue board [Buffy online forum] to talk to the followers keep after the displays had keyloggers positioned of their strategies. I didn’t even know what that was once more then. Afterwards I did, the reality is, uncover a keylogger on my computer. In the midst of the 90s I really paid no consideration to on-line security. I noticed the arduous method.’
Metro.co.uk has requested for comment from the manufacturing agency.
Actor Ray Fisher has accused Whedon of ‘abusive, unprofessional behaviour’ (Picture: WireImage)
He added: ‘Really, lots of the current and our reminiscences of it are good. We had a terrific time, nonetheless there have been some darkish moments near the tip too. I can’t deny that. And as a substitute of breaking up, Sophia and I turned an unbreakable couple and obtained married.’
‘Each of us has our private dramatic tales,’ he talked about of the Buffy solid and crew. ‘Most are too scared to speak of them. All I can say is that I cherished one of the simplest ways the current created villains and heroes one week solely to hunt out them reversing roles later.
‘Characters who perhaps had a fling in a single episode would flip spherical and try and murder each other afterward. That’s actually the best way it was behind the scenes with the cast and crew.
‘Our real-life true tales are way more extreme than any screenplay for the current. In fact, some points throughout the current had been partly primarily based totally on the real-life relationships between a couple of of us.’
Pruitt’s claims about Whedon come shortly after Justice League actor Ray Fisher accused the director of ‘abusive, unprofessional’ behaviour on set.
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The director has not responded to Fisher’s claims.
Whedon is best recognized for guiding Marvel’s first two Avengers movement photos, and for fundamental TV displays along with Firefly, and Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Reps for Joss Whedon have declined to comment.
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