Anybody who was on the fence about whether or not Adam Driver could get it, should have no problem joining team #NahHeLooksLikeThatWeirdCatAndIDontFuckCats after hearing that he reportedly assaulted his 76-year-old co-star Lidia Franco with a chair while on the set of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. During an interview with the podcast Era o que Faltava (via PopCulture.com), Lidia claims that throughout the shoot, which took place in Spain and Portugal, Adam was filled with the spirit of Christian Bale, demanding that crew members remain out of his sight. He also allegedly had extras fired for making eye-contact. Lidia said “he is a very bad person. He behaved very badly with me, physically. He attacked me.” And you know what we do with unprofessional, badly behaved men with violent tendencies who treat people like shit, don’t you?
Well, we usually give them some sort of prestigious acting award and continue to ply them with money and power, but they have to issue a weak ass apology first! If they want to. It’s not set in stone. Sometimes we just let them continue to be great. Obviously, this applies to male actors only. Usually, if it’s a lady, we burn the witch. PopCulture.com reports:
It has been reported that actor Adam Driver allegedly “attacked” actress Lidia Franco, his co-star in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, while the pair were filming the movie. Per Publico, Franco made the claim during a podcast interview with Radio Comercial’s Era o que Faltava, saying (translated from Portuguese), “I keep from this movie a very bad experience because of Adam Driver.” She then reportedly acknowledged his acting skill but said that “he is a very bad person. He behaved very badly with me, physically. He attacked me.”
Franco, 76, went on to claim that the attack “had nothing to do with the scene.” She alleged that “it was a camouflaged assault, with a chair.” She did not go into further details regarding the alleged incident. Franco did share what happened afterward, saying that the production staff allowed her to exit the set but claimed that they could not do anything further. “I was given permission to leave, but legally there was nothing they could do,” she stated, as translated on Reddit.
Lidia also reports that Adam was “difficult and demanding” and thinks that he had it in his contract that nobody was allowed to look at him.
“One of the things he started doing in Spain was to demand that, in rehearsals, all the technicians leave the plateau. He demanded that and continued to do it in Portugal, but some Portuguese technicians refused,” she stated. “From the back, I saw at least one leaving the studio. He demanded, I think by contract, that nobody could look at him. If they looked, the extras were immediately fired. And it happened.”
Directed by Terry Gilliam, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote languished in development hell for over a decade and originally starred Johnny Depp before Adam stepped in. It was finally released in 2018. So it’s definitely haunted and we shouldn’t be surprised Lidia had a bad experience choking on all those toxic fumes. And we know that Adam can catch a little attitude from time to time like when he abruptly ended an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air after she tried to play a clip of him singing Sondheim in Marriage Story. To a wall. With his first. “Send in the Clowns, mother fucker I AM the clown *SMASH!*” That’s what happened, right? I never did get around to seeing it, only the memes!
Adam has not yet responded to the allegations but his fansite The Adam Driver Files has posted a response from the Portuguese production team and clarification issued by Lidia who kind of walked back some of her initial accusations.
Here is an article w/ statements released today by the Portugal producers of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Lidía Franco is said to provide clarifications today, Feb 3. *Portuguese speakers pls clarify as this is a rough Google translation of the article https://t.co/j7yeVQivnm pic.twitter.com/LJfBMsX3Ig
— The Adam Driver Files (@AdamDriverFiles) February 3, 2021
Adam’s been pulled from the brink of “cancellation” by rabid Star Wars fans before, so I have no doubt that he’ll weather this storm. If not, they can always replace him with his feline doppelgänger, Kylo Ren the Oriental Longhair (rude, I know), who actually seems hella chill.