Sources Complained That Production On Lauren Sanchez’s Self-Financed Feature Film Has Been A Disaster
Move over Tom Cruise, there’s a new Maverick in town! And she’s been to space! Well, near space. Lauren Sanchez, Jeff Bezos’ paramour, isn’t your typical billionaire’s bimbo (yes, we’re all looking at you, Ann Lesley Smith! Until he puts a ring on it, you’re just another dime-a-dozen widowed sexagenarian singing lady cop priest with an ancient boyfriend!), she’s a business woman! Who’s been to near space! As such, she’s making moves and doing thangs. One of those moves is “self-financing” “her first indie movie,” and one of those thangs is asking “to land her helicopter on set.” In heels! Well, in heels taller than Tom’s!
But according to a report from Puck News (via Page Six), some people just can’t handle a powerful woman with big ole’ titties being in charge so “people close to production” have accused her of “presiding over a crazy shoot” and called her an “unwelcome presence on set.” Now ask yourself this— would they say the same if Francis Ford Coppola was in charge? Well, maybe, but in this case insiders say it’s a clear cut case of “sexism.” Lauren’s movie, a psychological thriller called The Golden Door, was shot last summer over 20 days in Topanga with a $2 million budget and was “produced by Sanchez’s company, Adventure & Fellowship.” It seems that Lauren’s got the adventure part covered, but the fellowship was decapitated by her helicopter blades. And still, not a ring to be found. Page Six reports:
Jeff Bezos’s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez has made her first indie movie, but she’s been hit by claims of presiding over a crazy shoot that ended with the director being fired — prompting insiders to say she’s the victim of “sexism.”
But people close to production were sniffy to Puck News Monday, saying she was an “infrequent — and to some — unwelcome presence on set,” adding, “But she and Bezos did show up, her more than him, and his teen daughter was an intern on the project and was even given a small role in the film.”
The Puck report called Sanchez, who went public with her relationship with the Amazon founder in 2019, “definitely a piece of work in the over-the-top Beverly Hills striver sense of the phrase.”
It also called her “inexperienced,” despite the fact she owns her own aerial filming company Black Ops Aviation and has previously made documentaries, including a short film about William Shatner’s trip to space on a Blue Origin rocket owned by Bezos.
Apparently, the “first assistant director, director of photography and script supervisor all quit during the shoot,” and the director, Kellie Madison, was fired a few weeks ago, meaning Lauren now has to find “a new director to finish and recut the film before its shopped to distributors.” Hopefully, for the crew, that means she’ll be too busy to buzz the tower and parachute in to lounge in her luxury trailer.
And a source also said she had a “relatively lavish” trailer while conditions were sweltering hot and craft services were dire, and asked to land her helicopter on set.
However, “a source who knows Sanchez” defended her, saying, yeah, well, duh, “of course Lauren was going to ask to use her helicopter to film aerial shots” besides, “she even brought her own jewelry for the actors to wear on film.” That’s called ladies helping ladies! It’s sexist to say otherwise.
“It’s just sexist; Lauren has been producing for a long time, just not in feature films. She’s a Latin woman who funded a movie with all females, which is no mean feat.”
The source admitted: “There were issues on the set, it was a little chaotic – it’s a $2 million budget movie and there were a bunch of newbies on set, new producers and semi-new directors. There was definitely more drama on set than Lauren is used to.”
And don’t think that just because Lauren’s fucking a boss, she’s fucking her boss. The source insists that “Amazon has nothing to do with the film,” adding, “Lauren knows she lives under a different lens, but it doesn’t mean that reports like this don’t hurt.” Ouch. I guess the report was so heavy she hurt her back trying to lift it. She should consider filing a claim with her union. Occupational safety should include protections for everyone, even for billionaire Mavericks who have almost been to space!
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