And now, for my favorite genre of celebrity gossip: Stars talking shit about each other. The great Miriam Margolyes is no stranger to this game. She’s spoken out against Winona Ryder (“I didn’t like her”), Arnold Schwarzenegger (“he farted in my face”), Friends creator Marta Kauffman (“I thought she was a monster”), Mick Jagger (“a miserable c*nt”), and John Cleese (“a puny tadpole of a person”).
Today we can officially add Steve Martin to Miriam’s shit list. In her new book, Oh Miriam!: Stories From An Extraordinary Life, the 82-year-old writes about playing dental assistant to Steve’s sadistic dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (1986). While filming the musical number “Dentist!”, Steve had to punch the actress and open a door in her face. In Miriam’s opinion, Steve didn’t really go out of his way to make her feel comfortable:
I was hit all day by doors opening in my face; repeatedly punched, slapped, and knocked down by an unlovely and unapologetic Steve Martin. Perhaps he was method acting - and [I] came home grumpy with a splitting headache.
Miriam adds that the now-78-year-old actor was “undeniably brilliant, but horrid to me.” But she doesn’t stop there; Miriam expands on her “vile experience” with Steve in an interview with Australia’s news.com.au:
“He (Steve Martin) was incredibly unfriendly, because he was a perfectionist.
“He was an artist and all he was interested in was getting the comic moment right, and he was correct to do that, but he should have included me,” Margolyes said. “I would have included the person I was working with. He wasn’t interested in that.”
“I just thought he was rather horrid. He was a c**t, that’s all I can tell you.”
“He was a c**t, that’s all I can tell you.” Ha! As though she’s under oath! Now, Miriam does admit that Steve is “gifted”, and, when she watched their movie afterward, she thought, “Oh, he’s good, he really is good!” Here’s the scene:
One actor named Steve Miriam actually liked working with? Steve Buscemi. They co-starred in 1993’s Ed And His Dead Mother:
Steve Buscemi is a brilliant actor and we had a delightful rapport. For somebody who’s being terrorized by me in the form of a murderous living corpse, he was unerringly sweet - knocked spots off Steve Martin.
Another HA! She just couldn’t resist sticking it to Steve Martin one last time. God bless your total lack of filter, Miriam Margolyes.