In recent news, renowned actress Miriam Margolyes has shared her candid opinions about her past co-star Steve Martin, describing their interactions as less than pleasant.
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Margolyes, widely recognized for her candid insights about fellow actors, doesn’t hold back when discussing her experience working with the celebrated comedian and star of “Only Murders in the Building” in her freshly-released memoir this Thursday, 14th September.
The memoir delves into their collaboration on the 1986 cult classic, “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Frank Oz. In the film, the 83-year-old actress portrayed the secretary to Martin’s menacing dentist character, Orin Scrivello. Notably, in the memorable musical sequence “Dentist!”, Martin’s character physically interacts with Margolyes in a series of aggressive scenes.
Margolyes recounts the filming of these sequences, suggesting that the physicality might have been more genuine than acting. She describes enduring “doors opening in my face all day, repeated punches, slaps, and knockdowns by an indifferent and remorseless Steve Martin.” She goes on to ponder if Martin was possibly channeling his method acting skills during the scene, leading her to return home “irritable with a throbbing headache”.
In a recent interview, Margolyes reflected on her experiences in the entertainment world, stating, “Let it not be said that I have never suffered in the name of art”, While she acknowledged one actor’s undeniable talent, she recalled “was undeniably brilliant, but horrid to me”.
Switching to a brighter note, she lauded her former colleague Steve Buscemi for his amiable nature. Margolyes shared, “was unerringly sweet” and “knocked spots off Steve Martin”.
Martin – known for iconic films like ‘The Man with Two Brains’ and ‘Parenthood’, for his side of the story. Presently, Martin is making waves with his role in Hulu’s ‘Only Murders in the Building’, which he also had a hand in creating. The series features a star-studded cast including Martin Short and Selena Gomez.
In a recent revelation from Margolyes’s memoir, she reminisced about an unexpected moment with the renowned director Martin Scorsese on the sets of the 1993 blockbuster, ‘The Age of Innocence’, where she took him by surprise in a light-hearted gesture. The actor didn’t stop there.
In a recent conversation, she didn’t hold back, describing veteran actor John Cleese as “poisonous”, and went on to term him a “a puny tadpole of a person”. Cleese, who’s preparing to launch a new program on GB News shortly, has been drawing varied reactions lately. Notably, in 2019, he raised eyebrows with his take on multiculturalism, commenting that “London is not an English city any more”.