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Scottish Film Director Being Sued for Basically Being Scottish

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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Some of you may recall the troubled production on Jane Got a Gun, the Western starring Natalie Portman that was stood up by its director. After several casting changes that included the exit of Michael Fassbender after a “falling out,” Scottish director Lynne Ramsey (Can We Talk About Kevin, Morvern Caller) just flat out didn’t show up on the first day of shooting. Oopsie.

Now we are beginning to understand why, after producers brought a lawsuit against Ramsey for the $750,000 she was paid for the job, plus punitive damages for breach of contract. According to those producers, Ramsey was a danger on the set. She “was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive. … [She also] failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions.”

Abusive? Drunk? You mean, Scottish? You can’t sue for that! That’s racist.

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Ironically, another Scot, Ewan McGregor replaced Michael Fassbender, while Ramsey was replaced by Warrior director Gavin O’Connor. The film is currently in post-production.

(Source: THR)


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  • Adrienne Marie

    Forgive me, I don't know too much about movie making.... But how would she be a danger on set if she didn't show up to the first day of shooting??

  • Calvinthebold

    I'm betting she showed up the 2nd day

  • Adrienne Marie

    Ahh. See, I was thinking she didn't show up the first day, and just never bothered to show up, period. I just assumed they replaced her immediately.

  • Maguita NYC

    ...

  • Kirstini

    Actual Scottish person who lives in Scotland here, finding this pretty blimmin' offensive, folks. Getting increasingly tired of the Groundskeeper Willie stereotype. Maybe take the time to actually find something out about Scottish culture before stooping to this sort of insulting nonsense. Come on Pajiba, you're better than this.
    And yes, the hair in the icon is an accurate representation of actual hair colour. What of it?

  • Uriah_Creep

    "Rent-boy's" rant in Trainspotting says it all too well:

    "It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the
    fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash
    that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't.
    They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers.
    Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by
    effete assholes. It's a SHITE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL
    the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference"

  • Strand

    What about all the positive stereotypes? Karen Gillan, Rose Leslie and Kelly MacDonald have put the green-eyed, fire-haired highland beauty on an impossibly high pedestal. They've conditioned me to purr every time I hear that accent.

  • Kirstini

    Those aren't stereotypes, those are actual living, breathing people, two of whom happen to share typically Scottish physical attributes (Kelly Mac has brown hair and blue eyes).

  • Mrs. Julien

    I appreciate this comment because this article does seem to be one of those times when, if one inserted another group into the stereotype, people would be really upset. I was wondering earlier what the distinction was in our minds. Is it that the Scots are part of the "white men" grouping and therefore acceptable to mock as they are not, to our thinking discriminated against? Is it that a lot of us (especially the Canadians) are of Scottish descent and feel we are making fun our our own?

  • delle

    I thought your point re: "making fun of our own" interesting because I have wondered about that too. I am a Newfoundlander living in Mainland Canada, though people who meet me are unaware of the fact unless I specifically tell them...which I don't because it immediately changes how many (but not all of course) people perceive me. When they find out they invariable ask why I don't speak with my accent and I say it's because of how rude so many people are when they hear it. People think nothing of mocking me to my face (ie, making fun of the way I pronounce words) when I use my dialect, and while I know the vast majority don't intend to be cruel, it is still offensive. When it happens I generally laugh it off because no harm was meant, but if someone is being obnoxious about it I politely ask why they think it is acceptable to make fun of me to my face for the way I speak when they would never dream of doing so if I was an immigrant from China or India or Africa and english was my second language. It's strange and fascinating how a lot of people don't get that their behaviour is still offensive; it's like they think it's not discrimination since I'm not a visible minority or POC, and therefore as you say, "acceptable to mock".

  • Kirstini

    Scottish descent isn't the same thing as Scottish - North Americans of Scottish descent tend to cling to an idea of tartan and heather and misty moors which is all fine and well but has nothing to do with the realities of our life and increasingly fraught fight for identity (Really loved this little piece this summer from a right wing US journalist shocked to discover the "rampant leftism" that had taken hold in the land of her forefathers: http://www.suntimes.com/news/o....
    We're a very small country already discriminated against and stereotyped in these very familiar ways by a London-based UK media, stuck in an undemocratic agreement with a much larger and louder neighbour to the south in an electoral system where Scottish votes don't really count and Scottish voices struggle to be heard. This article feels like minority bashing by lazy stereotype to me.

  • pfeiffer87

    I feel you (not literally). I'm welsh.

  • Nicely said. Scots - Highlanders, lowlanders, and everything in between - have borne the brunt of English discrimination and oppression since long before Europeans even knew there was another side of the pond where they could spread their superiority complex over the natives.

    And I'll admit to being guilty of the Scottish-American proclivity towards Highlands and heather idealism. But then I'm a Sutherland, and the Highlands really are a part of my ancestry. Still, it pays to educate oneself beyond the tourist guides about modern Scotland.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Honest to God, being Scottish sounds a lot like being Canadian.

  • Kirstini

    Yeah! BTW, sorry Mrs Julien. Didn't mean to come over all fire and brimstone on you for your very thoughtful comment there.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Also, are you aware that there is an entire genre of historical romance novels built around tartan swathed Highland lairds? It's all heather, claymores, and "crofters". Check out the title list at the bottom of the review:

    http://mrsjulien.wordpress.com...

  • Kirstini

    Hee! "Highland Surrender is a novel set in the Scottish *Lowlands*..", so not *High*lands, then... Love the hero's very authentic Scottish name, too. Scots history is hoatching** with 16th lairds called Myles, so it is.

    ** swarming with, infested with

  • Mrs. Julien

    Would it interest you to know that the Toronto accent is very heavily influenced by the waves of Scottish immigration to that part of the country. As are the Maritime (eastern provinces) accents, except maybe Newfoundland which is Irish influenced. One of my friends once said to me "Canada is not an English colony, it is a Scottish colony". True dat.

  • Mrs. Julien

    No, I understand. I am a Canadian living in the United States. I really, really understand. Really.

  • Strand

    I for one, would like a lengthy interview detailing exactly what she's been doing till now. Did she get cold feet at the last moment? Did she sleep in? Did the mashed potato mountain tell her to be somewhere else? How does one just... not show up to the first day of work when you're the director on a 150 person shoot?

  • Guest

    THE MASHED POTATO MOUNTAIN WILL NOT BE IGNORED!!!!

  • Guest

    (Disqus likes that pic so much, it keeps posting it twice.)

  • bastich

    Dude, it undeleted my deletes again!

    And why is my username now "Dave"?

  • Danar the Barbarian

    The Mashed Potato Mountain has spoken!

    Wait, Disqus is the Mashed Potato Mountain?

  • bastich

    My god, it all fits togther....

    /straps on tinfoil hat

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Stay shiny, my friend.

  • Guest

    THE MASHED POTATO MOUNTAIN WILL NOT BE IGNORED!!!

  • Maguita NYC

    Whoever you are, own-up to it man! This is hilarious.

  • bastich

    That was me. The Disqus "Upload Images" function went all cray-cray on my original post, so I deleted it.
    How did it undelete my reply?

    OH MY GOD DISQUS IS SELF-AWARE NOW

  • Mrs. Julien

    Have you noticed that it will tell you "someone else is typing" if another person is preparing a comment at the same time as you? It feels like a race.

  • bastich

    I know, right? They should change the message to "someone else is typing the exact reply that you're thinking of typing...but no pressure."

  • Duncan Walker

    isnt that picture at the top keira knightley and not natalie portman?

  • Mrs. Julien

    The swan-like neck is confusing, but no.

  • Guest

    The millennium falcon went straight over your head there.

    Keira Knightley played Natalie Portman's character's handmaiden and at one point body double.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I can live with this.

  • Calvinthebold

    Of course it's not racist. What race is Scottish anyway?
    Fun fact: My Scottish grandfather blew up the coal mine he was working in after a labor dispute. Then he fled to America. If he hadn't done that, I couldn't have been born an Ammerikin' !
    Thank God for being hot-headed and irresponsible with gunpowder!

  • Bananapanda

    Lemme guess, headed for Pennsylvania?

  • Maguita NYC

    Eh..?

  • Calvinthebold

    Fact check: there is no movie called "Can We talk about Kevin"

  • Bananapanda

    No, but there's an intervention that starts that way...

  • Maguita NYC

    Little known Fact: Dustin Rowles is Scottish. That is why We Need To Talk about Kevin. err, Dustin.

  • pnnylne

    I thought it was a sequel to WNTTaK.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    *Don't make a "Lynne Ramsey Got a Gun" joke*

    *Don't make a "Lynne Ramsey Got a Gun" joke*

    *Don't make a...

    "Hey guys, they should have changed the title to 'Lynne Ramsey Got a Gun'!"

    I'll show myself out.

  • bastich

    Maybe Ramsey's just depressed 'cause she's directing a movie named after an Aerosmith song?

  • frank247

    I'll be consulting my lawyer about this one, we are NOT always abusive when we are drunk.

  • Mrs. Julien

    But are you always drunk?

  • frank247

    Only when when I'm not fighting........the urge to get drunk.

  • No! We build up our tolerance from a young age so that we're never technically drunk at all.

  • Mrs. Julien

    These are the vagaries that have been lost to me by emigration. I still look Scottish though. Really Scottish.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    How do Scotspeople look like?

  • frank247

    Angry.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm very fair with rosy cheeks and medium brown hair, but I know that's not very specific. Let me put it this way: A Scottish co-worker was once able to guess the specific part of Scotland my family is from because of how I look.

    Mr. Julien is very Irish looking: blue eyes, black hair, sepulchrally pale.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That's weird.

  • Mrs. Julien

    My ex-boyfriend went on a bus tour and came back and informed me I looked like everyone there "except with your natural hair colour". He was a jerk, but he did bring me back a very pretty ring.

  • I moved to England in 1999 and they all think I'm Canadian and that my name is Keith.

  • Mrs. Julien

    If you were Canadian, your name would be Gord.

  • Maguita NYC

    Please note that your lawyer has been replaced by Gavin O'Connor. For Reasons.

  • John G.

    Oh No, has Ewan McGregor become the poor man's Fassbender?

  • PDamian

    Please. Fassbender is the poor man's Ewan McGregor.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    But which one is the penis mightier?

  • PDamian

    McGregor's. We've seen Fassbender's unit in constant action; and while I like an action hero as much as the next woman, you have to give props to a unit that can play by turns rampant (Trainspotting, Nora) and sensitive (The Pillow Book, others that I can't recall). Thank Heaven for great big boys.

  • Maguita NYC

    Someone with reason and factual knowledge. Finally!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    No, but he's probably cheaper than him. And nicer. And not creepy.

  • Mrs. Julien

    This statement meets all standards for the definition of "crazy talk".

  • John G.

    I'm not saying I agree with it, but Hollywood is often cruel and unfair

  • Mrs. Julien

    He's Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan don't care.

  • Maguita NYC

    You tell him Mrs. J! Ewan McGregor >>>>>>> FassMyBender...

  • Maguita NYC

    YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!

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