Justice League actor Harry Lennix, who plays Swanwick / Martian Manhunter, says Joss Whedon has always been “completely professional” with him.
Harry Lennix, who played Swanwick in several DC Extended Universe movies, including the upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League, says in a new interview that he never experienced abuse at the hands of Joss Whedon, who took over the 2017 film when original director Snyder left during post-production. Whedon has been in trouble lately for allegations of misconduct. Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg in League of Justice, first accused Whedon of “rude, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable“behavior in July 2020. Warner Bros. launched an official investigation into Fisher’s claims, culminating in unspecified”corrective action“Taken, according to Fisher. Whedon left the next HBO show The Nevers in November, just under two weeks before the Warner Bros. investigation was completed.
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Fisher isn’t the only cast or crew member from Whedon’s past projects to make accusations against him. Charisma Carpenter, actress in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Y Angel, also recently alleged that Whedon was verbally abusive and “cruel, “prompting many of his former co-stars to express their support, including Sarah Michelle Gellar and Amy Acker. Others have made their own comments about the director, such as Amber Benson and Michelle Trachtenberg.
In a new Variety interview before launch in March League of Justice Snyder Cut, Lennix says he’s never experienced any inappropriate behavior from Whedon, calling the director, with whom he worked on the show. Doll’s House, “completely professional: “
I didn’t see any of that kind of behavior that I heard of. But I am in a different place. That sort of thing probably won’t happen to me, just because I’m a big black guy from the South Side of Chicago, where people are a little more circumspect regardless of how they think of treating me or talking to me.
Lennix admits that while he himself was not the recipient of any unprofessional conduct during the time he worked with Whedon, he was not on set when Fisher alleges the misbehavior occurred, explaining: “I was not there during the time in question. I’m sorry that someone had to experience what was described.“Lennix also expresses the desire to listen to Whedon himself, declaring”I think maybe we should give [Joss] another chance to respond, to see what your side of the story is. Don’t minimize anyone’s story, don’t minimize the experiences others had in any way. But I think we must learn to reconcile.“
Although Lennix says that he personally did not experience any unprofessional behavior from Whedon in the League of Justice established or during your time working in Doll’s House, it’s good that you acknowledge that someone else may have had a different experience and is not making a blanket “because that didn’t happen to me, I can’t believe it happened at all.” He is careful to point out that his physical stature might have protected him against more extreme behavior, while also being careful not to say anything too much in either direction, be it in support of Fisher or Whedon. If the allegations against Whedon are true, hopefully no one will put themselves in the position that Fisher, Carpenter and others say they experienced. Even today, actors and other people who work in Hollywood still worry about not being able to support themselves and their families if they are blacklisted when speaking out against a powerful figure. Hopefully that will change soon.
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