Actress Gal Gadot says she was “shaking trees” after an ugly clash with director Joss Whedon on set of the 2017 film, Justice League.
Gal Gadot has opened up about her clash with disgraced Hollywood director Joss Whedon.
The 36-year-old Israeli actress, who got her big break when she was cast as Wonder Woman four years ago, was allegedly verbally abused by Whedon on the set of 2017’s Justice League.
The movie was helmed by Whedon after director Zack Snyder was forced to pull out for personal reasons.
Gadot’s co-star Ray Fisher triggered a Whedon media storm when he tweeted in June last year accusing him of “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” conduct on the set of Justice League.
What followed was a string of actors speaking out against Whedon, accusing him of “bullying” behaviour on set.
One who remained tight-lipped for some time was Gadot, despite being the subject of reports she too had fallen out with Whedon while shooting the movie.
She finally broke her silence when she told Israeli TV in May that Whedon “kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable”.
Speaking about it further in an interview with Elle magazine, Gadot she was “shocked by the way that he spoke to me”.
“Oh, I was shaking trees as soon as it happened. And I must say that the heads of Warner Bros, they took care of it,” Gadot told the magazine.
“You’re dizzy because you can’t believe this was just said to you. And if he says it to me, then obviously he says it to many other people. I just did what I felt like I had to do. And it was to tell people that it’s not OK.
“I would have done the same thing, I think, if I was a man.
“Would he tell me what he told me had I been a man? I don’t know. We’ll never know. But my sense of justice is very strong. I was shocked by the way that he spoke to me.”
Gadot didn’t reveal what Whedon had said to her.
However, The Hollywood Reporter reported in April that Whedon and Gadot had clashed over aspects of her character in the film, and how it would contrast to the Wonder Woman films.
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“She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next,” the source told THR, which reported that Whedon had made changes to the Justice League script and wanted Gadot to record new lines which the actress felt didn’t align with her character.
A witness claimed: “He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”
Whedon declined to comment for the piece.
WarnerMedia conducted an internal investigation but for “legal reasons” didn’t disclose any findings, according to the publication.