Joss Whedon Calls Ray Fisher ‘A Bad Actor’ After Justice League Abuse Allegations
Joss Whedon has finally spoken out about claims of misconduct on the set of Justice League, calling Ray Fisher a ‘bad actor’ in response to the 2020 allegations brought forward by the actor.
Fisher accused Whedon of engaging in ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable’ behaviour on the set 2017’s Justice League – having starred in the film as Cyborg.
Back in 2020, Fisher shared an archive video of himself calling Whedon a ‘great guy’, writing: ‘I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.’
Fisher also claimed Whedon had lightened his skin tone during editing.
The accusations led to a WarnerMedia investigation into Whedon’s behaviour, with actors who’d worked with the director and screenwriter in the past interviewed over his dealings with them. For his part, the 57-year-old kept quiet about the claims in public – until yesterday (January 17), that is.
Talking to New York Magazine, he described the claims made against him as ‘false and unjust’ and went on the offensive against Fisher and his Justice League character.
Whedon explained that he made Cyborg’s role in the film smaller as his storyline ‘made no sense’, adding that test screening audiences found the character to be ‘the worst’ in the film.
Whedon went on to say that his conversation with Fisher about the situation was ‘friendly and respectful’ and lasted for ‘hours’.
He then criticised Fisher further, commenting: ‘We’re talking about a malevolent force. We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.’
As the interview broke to the public, the phrase ‘I Stand with Ray Fisher’ began trending on Twitter. The phrase had previously trended on the social media platform at the beginning of last year when several Buffy the Vampire Slayer actors, including Charisma Carpenter, came forward with their own allegations. Whedon had made his name in the 90s through the show, which ran for seven seasons between 1997 and 2003.
Whedon’s comments about Fisher were some of several flashpoints he addressed. As well as calling the rest of the Justice League actors ‘the rudest group’, he also described an alleged incident made public by Israeli Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as a ‘misunderstanding’ as ‘English isn’t her first language’.
However, in response to this comment, Gadot told the outlet she understood Whedon ‘perfectly well’.
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