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Anna Faris claims late director Ivan Reitman ‘slapped my a**’ on set after not identifying him

Anna Faris claims late Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman ‘slapped my a**’ on set after previously not identifying him during #MeToo movement: ‘One of my hardest film experiences’

Anna Faris has finally revealed the identity of the director who sexually harassed her on set after previously choosing not to in the early days of the #MeToo movement.

 The 45-year-old actress has claimed that late Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman ‘slapped my a**’ during the first day of production of 2006 romantic comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

She also alleged that Reitman – who died age 75 in his sleep at his Montecito, California home back in February – ‘yelled’ at her which left her feeling ‘angry, hurt and humiliated.’

Reitman - who died age 75 in his sleep at his Montecito, California home back in February - is pictured in November 2021

Revelation: Anna Faris has claimed that late Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman ‘slapped my a**’ during the first day of production of 2006 romantic comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend

On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Faris makes the revelation in an upcoming episode of her podcast Unqualified during an interview with Lena Dunham.

Faris said: ‘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.’

She explained that she had to fight back tears during a not-so-great first interaction with Reitman as she arrived late to set due to an accident.

Platform: On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Faris makes the revelation in an upcoming episode of her podcast Unqualified during an interview with Lena Dunham

Platform: On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Faris makes the revelation in an upcoming episode of her podcast Unqualified during an interview with Lena Dunham

Faris (pictured in the 2006 film) said: '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'

Faris (pictured in the 2006 film) said: ‘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 (pictured in LA on Saturday) replied to Faris' claim saying: 'I don’t think you’re the first person who’s reported that. And I’m so sorry you had that experience. And did no one step in and say, "No?"'

Dunham (pictured in LA on Saturday) replied to Faris’ claim saying: ‘I don’t think you’re the first person who’s reported that. And I’m so sorry you had that experience. And did no one step in and say, “No?”‘

Dunham replied to Faris’ claim saying: ‘I don’t think you’re the first person who’s reported that. And I’m so sorry you had that experience. And did no one step in and say, “No?”‘

Faris responded: ‘No. It was, like, 2006.’

Back in October 2017 at the very beginning of the #MeToo movement, the House Bunny actress told her personal story regarding sexual harassments in Hollywood.

Once again on her Unqualified podcast Faris was joined by UnREAL’s Arielle Kebbel to discuss sexual harassment and how men can help stop it in the workplace. 

Anna recalled a time she was made to feel uncomfortable by a movie director, saying: ‘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 ass in front of the crew so hard.

‘And all I could do was giggle.’ the Mom star said.

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.’

‘We’re conditioned to giggle,’ she said.

‘But also, if we were to do anything else, we’d be labeled a bitch or difficult. That would be the best of circumstances. I guess what I do is I laugh. It puts everyone at ease. That’s the defense mode you go into.’

Anna also revealed how she was made to feel inferior by the director when she landed the role.

‘I remember that same director telling my agent, who told me, that I had great legs and that was one of the reasons that I got hired,’ she recalled. 

‘And listen, that’s a f***ing 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].’

My Super Ex-Girlfriend starred Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson and grossed $22.5million in the US  and a worldwide total of $61million.

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