Steve Martin Addresses Miriam Margolyes’ Claim He Was ‘Horrid’ on Set

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Steve Martin is addressing Miriam Margolyes’ declare he was ‘horrid’ to her whereas working collectively on the 1986 film musical Little Store of Horrors. 

“After I first learn Miriam Margolyes’ pejorative account of our scene in Little Store of Horrors, I used to be stunned. My reminiscence is that we had communication as skilled actors,” Martin, 78, instructed Us Weekly in a press release on Friday, September 15. “However when it’s implied that I harmed her or was indirectly careless about doing the stunts, I’ve to object.”

Margolyes, 82, performed a dental receptionist to Martin’s villainous Orin Scrivello in Little Store of Horrors. Throughout an interview with Australian information website on Friday, she claimed that it took her and Martin a number of tries to nail a scene within the musical quantity “Dentist!”  by which he knocks out her character with a punch.

“I keep in mind taking EXTREME warning relating to the pretend punch — the identical warning I’d use with any related scene,” Martin’s assertion continued. “She assured me she felt superb, and we did a number of profitable takes and stopped. There was by no means any bodily contact between her and me, unintentional or in any other case, on this scene or some other we shot.”

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Martin concluded by claiming that there have been many different individuals additionally watching the stunt on the time. “Additionally on the set, retaining their eyes on the motion, was the extremely expert and delicate director, Frank Oz, a stunt coordinator, a digicam crew, a script supervisor, in addition to extras who witnessed your complete, very-well rehearsed scene.”

Oz, in the meantime, instructed Us in a press release on Friday: “I at all times rehearse bodily actions in gradual movement. The scene was supposed to incorporate a pretend punch. It’s puzzling what she’s speaking about. It’s not the Steve I do know or anybody is aware of.  He’s at all times been skilled and respectful of everybody on all of my shoots.”

Margolyes — who’s well-known for her position within the Harry Potter movie collection — beforehand opened up about her alleged “vile expertise” working with Martin in her new memoir, Oh Miriam!: Tales From An Extraordinary Life — which hit cabinets earlier this month. Within the e-book, the actress claimed that Martin was “relatively horrible” to movie with on set. 

She later expanded on her remarks throughout her interview, claiming she had a “splitting headache” after trying to movie the “Dentist!” scene and that Martin was “extremely unfriendly, as a result of he was a perfectionist.” She added that whereas he was “appropriate” in making an attempt to get “the comedian second proper,” he “ought to have included” her within the course of. 

Regardless of recognizing Martin’s abilities as a “gifted”  and “good” comedic actor, she concluded her ideas by calling him a “c—t,” including, “That’s all I can let you know.”