Steve Martin Denies Misbehavior on 'Little Shop of Horrors' Set

Steve Martin Addresses On-Set Allegations in Little Shop of Horrors

by Nouman Rasool
Steve Martin Denies Misbehavior on 'Little Shop of Horrors' Set
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Recent allegations surrounding the on-set experiences of the cult-classic, Little Shop of Horrors, have sparked significant attention in Hollywood circles. The beloved comedian Steve Martin, known for his iconic role as the devilishly amusing dentist, is facing claims from co-star Miriam Margolyes about what she calls a “miserable and abusive experience”.

However, faster than one could utter the phrase “nitrous oxide,” Martin has swiftly come forward to provide clarity. In an exclusive statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin addressed the particular scene involving Margolyes.

“The depiction of our interaction in Little Shop of Horrors by Miriam Margolyes took me aback. Throughout our work, we maintained a professional rapport. The insinuation that I might have harmed her or acted carelessly during our stunt scenes is something I cannot let pass by.

I distinctly remember exercising the utmost caution, especially with the fake punch scene. Let me be clear; there was never any inadvertent physical contact between us during the filming”. Margolyes claims have caused a stir, especially her statement about facing continuous physical harm while on set, allegedly at the hands of Martin.

She played a significant role alongside Martin as his character's nurse/secretary.

Director Frank Oz Backs Steve Martin

The film's director, Frank Oz, also weighed in on the claims, supporting Martin's account. “Every physical move in my films is rehearsed diligently, often in slow motion, to ensure everyone's safety.

The scene in question was choreographed to feature a simulated punch, so Miriam's allegations leave me bewildered. Steve's on-set demeanor has always been nothing but professional and respectful”. Little Shop of Horrors, a cinematic adaptation of the celebrated Broadway musical, is rooted in Roger Corman’s 1960 film.

Rumors had been swirling about a possible modern reimagining featuring the likes of Chris Evans, Taron Egerton, and Scarlett Johansson, but such plans now appear shelved. Currently, fans of Steve Martin can catch him on tour alongside comedic titan Martin Short in their humor-laden show, “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” Additionally, viewers can indulge in the third season of Only Murders in the Building on Hulu. For those seeking further updates on this unfolding story, stay connected to our MSN and Google News channels.