Ellen Barkin blasts former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam for comparing #MeToo movement to 'mob rule' and warns that she would 'never get in an elevator alone' with him
- The Animal Kingdom star took to Twitter to hit out at the director for his remarks
- She tweeted twice that her advice was to never be alone with him in an elevator
- When one commenter said he sounded 'nervous', she replied 'he should be'
- Barkin worked with Gilliam on his 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Actress joins the likes of Asia Argento and Judd Apatow in criticizing Gilliam
Actress Ellen Barkin has slammed director Terry Gilliam following his controversial #MeToo comments.
The Animal Kingdom star also warned that she would never want to be alone with Gilliam in an elevator.
'My hard won advice: never get into an elevator alone with terry gilliam,' Barkin tweeted after the Monty Python star compared #MeToo to 'mob rule'.
She brought up the comment again while replying to one man who had called out the director.
Actress Ellen Barkin (right) has slammed director Terry Gilliam (left) following his controversial #MeToo comments
The Animal Kingdom star also warned that she would never want to be alone with Gilliam in an elevator, and warned others to avoid him as well
'Any many who belittles the #MeToo campaign or defends the likes of Harvey The Weener is a dangerous fool,' Timothy John wrote.
'Dangerous like you'd never wanna be stuck in an elevator with him. That kind of dangerous,' Barkin, 63, replied.
The actress, who worked with Gilliam on the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, also said his recent interview turned her stomach.
'Terry Gilliam is the last man to admonish a movement that is trying to protect women from abusive men,' Barkin tweeted.
She brought up the comment again while replying to one man who had called out the director
Barkin, who has worked with Gilliam in the past, said his recent interview turned her stomach
When actress Lisa Catara responded that Gilliam 'sounds nervous', Barkin retorted 'he should be'.
This isn't the first time Barkin has spoken up against Gilliam.
After the director made comments about the #MeToo movement in January, Barkin tweeted: 'Oh Terry Gilliam, why couldn't you keep your mouth shut and stay gone'.
'Unfortunately I don't have the skills to separate a fawning article about a "super cool director" from his actions,' she added.
Barkin played the Waitress at North Star Cafe in Gilliam's 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (pictured)
When actress Lisa Catara wrote that Gilliam 'sounds nervous', Barkin retorted 'he should be'
Actress Asia Argento also recently slammed Gilliam for his comments.
The Italian actress and filmmaker, herself a Harvey Weinstein accuser, said she was 'disgusted' by Gilliam's remarks in which he suggested the campaign had led to a 'world of victims'.
While describing disgraced producer Weinstein as a 'monster' in an interview with AFP, Gilliam added: 'Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that's the price you pay.'
'I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn't. The ones who did, knew what they were doing. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition,' Gilliam told the news agency.
'The mob is out there, they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein's castle,' he said.
Actress Asia Argento took to Twitter to blast Gilliam for his remarks claiming Harvey Weinstein's accusers created a 'world of victims' (pictured with Anthony Bourdain in 2017)
'Angered, disgusted by Terry Gilliam's views on #metoo,' said the girlfriend of Anthony Bourdain on Saturday
Argento – who was one of the first actresses to go public with her Weinstein allegations – wrote on Twitter: 'Angered, disgusted by Terry Gilliam's views on #metoo.'
The girlfriend of Anthony Bourdain revealed the pair shared the same director of photography, Nicola Pecorini, adding: 'I hope Gilliam hasn't forgotten how Weinstein hated Nicola's cinematography (he considered it too dark) and how the monster subsequently fired him.'
She added: 'Gilliam went on shooting his sh**.'
'Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty,' she added in another post.
In October, Argento alleged she was assaulted by Weinstein while working on the 1998 film B. Monkey.
The film was distributed by Miramax, a company co-founded by Weinstein.
Weinstein has 'unequivocally denied' all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Earlier, director Judd Apatow labelled Gilliam's comments 'idiotic and dangerous'
'He wasn't in those rooms. He doesn't know how aggressive and violent and terrifying he (Weinstein) was. Who is he to say it was some sort of offered deal? He should be ashamed of himself,' Apatow wrote on Twitter
Earlier, director Judd Apatow labelled Gilliam's comments 'idiotic and dangerous'.
'He wasn't in those rooms. He doesn't know how aggressive and violent and terrifying he (Weinstein) was. Who is he to say it was some sort of offered deal? He should be ashamed of himself,' Apatow wrote on Twitter.
'I think Terry Gilliam is spewing nonsense. These were not transactions.
'His comments about that aspect of this are shameful,' Apatow added.
During the controversial interview, Gilliam claimed that some actresses' 'did very well out of meeting with Harvey'.
'Some people paid the price, other people suffered for it,' said the Monty Python member.
While Gilliam, 77, called Harvey a 'monster', he saved his harshest words for the more than 84 women who have accused the producer of sexual assault and harassment.
Gilliam lashed out at the #MeToo movement, claiming some actresses' 'did very well out of meeting with Harvey Weinstein' (pictured together in 2005)
While Gilliam, 77, called Harvey a 'monster', he saved his harshest words for the more than 84 women who have accused the producer of sexual assault and harassment
Gilliam also claimed during the interview that he knew 'enough girls who were in Harvey's suites who were not victims and walked out'.
As stories regarding Weinstein came out last September, a clear pattern emerged of aspiring and working actresses who were asked to take business meetings in his suites.
Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the stars who said they were propositioned by Weinstein in one of his suites.
Rose McGowan and Argento are among two of the actresses who said they were raped by Weinstein after being summoned to his hotel room.
'Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey - that's the price you pay,' said the Monty Python member (pictured this week in Paris)
Gilliam likened #MeToo to a 'mob rule' and said he felt sorry for Matt Damon, who was criticized after speaking out against the movement (pictured together with Weinstein in 2005)
Meanwhile, the NYPD has since said it is 'ready to go with an arrest' after investigating five different allegations against the disgraced producer in New York.
Gilliam believes the #MeToo reckoning has wiped away 'intelligence' and that now 'people seem to be frightened to say what they really think.'
'Now I am even told by my wife to keep my head a bit low,' he added.
While the director believes it is men who are currently afraid to walk through the world, he concedes there are still plenty of people like Weinstein in Hollywood.
'There are plenty of monsters out there,' he said. 'There are other people still behaving like Harvey.'
But Gilliam believes that abuse will always come with the power of the industry, and that human beings will always be 'touching' and 'grabbing'.
Gilliam said his wife Maggie Watson has told him to 'keep my head a bit low' since the movement has swept up Hollywood
'I don't think Hollywood will change,' he said. 'Power always takes advantage, it always does and it always has.'
'It's how you deal with power - people have got to take responsibility for their own selves.'
Gilliam has not been without his own controversies when it comes to actresses.
Sarah Polley revealed in the nineties that she swore off big budget films forever after working with the director on Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Just eight years old at the time, Polley recounted how Gilliam had her lean closer and closer to an explosive during one of the action scenes.
Polley had to go to the hospital because she lost her hearing for two days.
Ten years later, on the set of a Miramax film, the actress said she was propositioned by Weinstein.
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