In a recent turn of events, Steve Martin, the renowned actor and comedian, has come forward to vehemently deny allegations made by his former co-star, Miriam Margolyes. Margolyes, 82, had accused Martin of unprofessional behavior while they were working together on the set of the 1986 movie musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." The allegations revolve around a specific scene in the film where Martin's character, the villainous Orin Scrivello, delivers a punch to Margolyes' character, a dental receptionist.
Margolyes chronicled her experience in her new memoir, shedding light on the challenges faced during the filming of that particular scene. She mentioned being repeatedly punched, slapped, and knocked down by Steve Martin, describing him as "unlovely and unapologetic." She further hinted at the possibility of Martin resorting to method acting, which, she suggested, may have contributed to his unfriendly demeanor during the shoot.
In response to these allegations, Steve Martin issued a statement to Us Weekly, expressing his surprise at Margolyes' account of their collaboration. Martin, 78, refuted any claims of negligence or harm on his part during the filming of the scene.
He emphasized the importance of professionalism and clarified that there was never any physical contact between him and Margolyes, whether accidental or intentional, throughout the production of the film.
Martin's Careful Approach Supported
Martin also explained that he approached the scene with "EXTREME caution" when it came to the fake punch, exercising the same level of care he would apply to any similar scenario.
He stated that Margolyes had assured him of her well-being during the filming, and they successfully completed multiple takes without any issues. Director Frank Oz supported Martin's account, underscoring his commitment to safety during all physical actions on set and emphasizing that the scene was designed to include a fake punch.
These denials from both Steve Martin and director Frank Oz have raised questions about the veracity of Margolyes' claims. Oz, in particular, emphasized that Martin had always been a consummate professional and respectful towards fellow cast and crew members on all of his film projects.
As this controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen whether further evidence or statements will shed light on the true nature of the interactions between Steve Martin and Miriam Margolyes during the production of "Little Shop of Horrors."