Some sinister allegations are going around about Star Wars actor Adam Driver “attacking” a co-star on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote set. Lidia Franco, a 76-year-old actor, said she had a “very bad experience because of Driver.”
‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ took 25 years to make
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a 2018 film co-written and directed by Monty Python‘s Terry Gilliam. According to the Los Angeles Times, the movie took some 25 years to get off the ground. From production starts and stops to rewrites, deaths, cast changes, financing hassles, and bad weather, the film’s creators experienced many challenges. Still, Gilliam and co-writer Tony Grisoni pressed on.
In the film, Driver plays Toby Grummett, a director who returns to the village where he shot his student movie. When Quixote (Jonathan Pryce) confuses Toby for his trusted squire, he is pulled into a world of fantasy.
Driver and Price star alongside Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Watkins, Sergi López, Rossy de Palma, and Jordi Mollà.
Adam Driver fans find a troubling interview citing ‘abusive’ behavior on the set of ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’
Lidia Franco plays Panicky Woman 1 in the movie. She spoke with Radio Comercial’s Era o que Faltava podcast about her experience on the set of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
“I [had] a very bad experience because of Adam Driver,” Franco explains during the podcast (via Reddit). She believes Driver is talented as an actor, but said “he is a very bad person.”
“He behaved very badly with me physically,” she continued. “He attacked me.” Allegedly Driver committed a “camouflaged assault with a chair” on the set of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. According to Franco, Driver’s apparent aggression “had nothing to do with the scene.”
Adam Driver allegedly has strenuous demands on set
During her interview, Franco also talked about Driver’s “demands” behind the scenes.
“One of the things he started doing in Spain was [demanding] all the technicians leave the plateau [in rehearsals],” she explained. According to Franco, some Portuguese technicians refused to do so.
“He demanded, I think by contract, that nobody could look at him,” Franco added. “If they [made eye contact], the extras were immediately fired. And it happened.”
Some people are refuting the Adam Driver abuse claims
Because Franco’s podcast interview is translated from another language, some fans feel there’s a lot of misconstrued information.
“Apparently, there is a guy on r/movies from Portugal who cleared up that she does not say ‘he attacked me with a chair,’” a user shared on Reddit. According to another translation, Driver got angry and took his aggression out on a chair.
“She apparently says he expressed camouflaged aggression, taking it [out] on a chair,” this user continued. “So he kicked/threw a chair around. Again, [it’s] sh*tty to be around someone throwing temper tantrums on chairs, but it’s not the same thing as the original reading of the situation posted here.”
Some people are frustrated by others’ willingness to downplay the alleged abuse Franco cited in her interview. Others struggle to believe her story is what happened on set due to the many translations circulating the internet.
“I am from Portugal — I listened to what she said and it was nothing like throwing a chair or taking [anger out] on a chair,” another user refuted on Reddit. “What she literally said was he physically assaulted her on the end of a scene using a chair. He camouflaged his aggression, pretending this was part of his acting on this specific scene. But this aggression was not on the script.”
At this time, it’s unclear what really happened behind the scenes of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Driver nor his representatives have commented on these allegations.
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