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.
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.