Melanie Griffith was forced to pay $80,000 after arriving intoxicated to Working Girl set

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-di…

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.

The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-directed 1988 romantic comedy, which also starred Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, for the new book, Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends.

“There were a lot of things that happened on Working Girl that I did that were not right,” Griffith shared. “It was the late ’80s (and) there was a lot going on, party-wise, in New York. There was a lot of cocaine. There was a lot of temptation.”

One day, the 62-year-old got drunk as she played pool with her co-star Alec Baldwin and continued to drink alcohol in her motorhome once she had returned to set. She was subsequently unable to walk down some stairs in a scene with Baldwin.

“Mike got so mad at me, he wouldn’t talk to me. Mike Haley, the first AD (assistant director), just came up and said, ‘We’re shutting down. Go home’, and I knew I was in so much trouble.

“The next morning, he took me to breakfast and said, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen: You’re going to pay for last night out of your pocket. We’re not going to report you to the studio, but you have to pay for what it cost’, and it was $80,000. They wanted to get my attention – and they really did. It was a very humbling, embarrassing experience, but I learned a lot from it.”

Producer Douglas Wick added that Nichols, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 83, was “genuinely distressed” by the drama.

“I was surprised by how genuinely distressed he was, how in pain about it he was, how much he was traumatised by it, and I think the reason is that it made great work impossible,” he recalled.

Griffith checked into a rehab facility just a few weeks after the film wrapped. She ended up returning to rehab in 2000 and again in 2009.

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Injured Melanie Griffith was replaced by extra in pivotal Cecil B. Demented scene

Melanie Griffith was replaced by a “skinny-boy extra” in a scene for Cecil B. Demented after falling and cutting her face in her dressing room. The actress suffered a gash to her features and couldn’t be filmed from the front for a pivotal theatre sce…

Melanie Griffith was replaced by a “skinny-boy extra” in a scene for Cecil B. Demented after falling and cutting her face in her dressing room.

The actress suffered a gash to her features and couldn’t be filmed from the front for a pivotal theatre scene, leaving director John Waters with a big headache.

He recalls the drama in his new autobiography, Mr. Know-It-All, explaining: “Early in the shoot when we were filming the big opening scene where Melanie (Griffith) is kidnapped by Cecil at a movie premiere, Melanie fell in her dressing room at lunch and cut her face badly. I never asked her how or why but it was a big problem.

“We had completed all the shots of her we needed except the last one where Cecil drags her out of the theater as the extras erupt in panic.

“Since she now had a big gash in her face we couldn’t shoot her from the front, so David Davenport from the costume department thought fast, grabbed a skinny-boy extra from the crowd who is roughly Melanie’s height, put him in Melanie’s costume and we filmed the scene showing ‘Melanie’ from behind. You can’t tell it’s not her.”

“Always let the talent know that nobody’s irreplaceable in independent cinema!” the director adds.

Unfortunately, the 2000 film which also featured Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, and Adrian Grenier wasn’t a hit, but Waters still gets a lot of satisfaction from fans who whisper the film’s catchphrase in his ear.

“The grosses were terrible,” John explains in his book. “We bombed big time in both America and France, pulling in only $2 million on a budget of $10 million. God it was awful… I still like Cecil B. Demented a lot. Every once in a while, I’ll be walking down the street and a fan will pass me by and whispered to me Cecil’s militants call to arms, ‘Demented forever’, and keep on going. It makes me feel all warm and skuzzy inside.”

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Madonna & Michelle Pfeiffer were early favourites for Working Girl lead

Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the lead in classic movie Working Girl before Melanie Griffith landed the role. The stars and producer Doug Wick have opened up about the project to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the 30th anniversary …

Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the lead in classic movie Working Girl before Melanie Griffith landed the role.

The stars and producer Doug Wick have opened up about the project to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, and Wick recalls Griffith was not the first choice for the role of Tess.

“We talked about a lot of people to play Tess,” he tells the publication. “Because it was Mike (Nichols) directing, everyone was interested.

“I remember Mike once calling me and saying Madonna was on The Tonight Show. He said, ‘Watch her, there’s something very interesting about her’. We talked about Michelle Pfeiffer, the most beautiful woman in the world. But we observed that if you cast someone like that, there would’ve been a line of guys at her desk trying to marry her.

“We needed an old-fashioned movie star. Someone who, when they had glasses on, you believed they had a little anonymity, and as soon as they took them off, you saw they were a beauty. You needed someone fiercely intelligent but in a slightly more unique way.”

Meanwhile, Griffith recalled a creepy car scene with a young Kevin Spacey in the film: “It’s a strange coincidence that Kevin’s now ostracised because of his actions, his sexual proclivity or whatever,” she explains. “In Working Girl, I jump out of the car because of his (character’s) sexual advances.”

Spacey was fired from Netflix drama House of Cards and edited out of Ridley Scott’s film All the Money in the World after sexual misconduct and harassment allegations were made against him.

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Tippi Hedren is new fortune teller muse for Gucci

Movie veteran Tippi Hedren has landed a major new fashion deal with Gucci. The Birds star, who is mother to Melanie Griffith and the grandmother of Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, will front the style house’s new timepieces and jewellery cam…

Movie veteran Tippi Hedren has landed a major new fashion deal with Gucci.

The Birds star, who is mother to Melanie Griffith and the grandmother of Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, will front the style house’s new timepieces and jewellery campaign.

Hedren, who also runs the Shambala Preserve wildlife sanctuary in California, will portray a fortune teller in the new ads, shot by Colin Dodgson.

Set in Los Angeles, the actress’ mysterious character offers readings to models Victoria Schons, Emily Unkles, Tom Atton Moore and Tex Santos-Shaw.

Tippi isn’t the only member of her acting family to impress Gucci bosses – Johnson was picked to front the Gucci Bloom fragrance campaign by the company’s creative director Alessandro Michele.

A short video features close-ups of the Gucci Ouroboros, GG Running and Le Marche des Merveilles fine jewellery collections and the G-Frame and G-Timeless timepieces – all modelled by the movie legend.

The new campaign comes shortly after Tippi, 88, went public with a severe and painful vertebrae issue.

She told WENN she underwent a 10-hour operation on the vertebrae in her neck in 2014, and spent much of 2015 nursing her pain.

“I had seen my MD (doctor of medicine) to stop my constant headaches and he looked at the MRI and said, ‘How are you holding up your head?'” the veteran actress said. “He showed me the evidence of the problem existed in the vertebrae in my neck. Next minute, I was in the hospital.

“The day after the operation my truly brilliant Dr. Kavenfar explained it would take a full year before I would be feeling well, and for the anaesthesia to leave my body. For eight to nine months I would have to wear a Miami neck brace 24/7… After that, it would take another several months for my vertebrae to heal.”

Tippi admitted her comeback has been slow, adding, “I tried working, several times, but found it exhausting… I didn’t want to believe my MD about that long year it would take for me to feel good again. And I have to remember, I am beginning the last half of my eighties. I keep forgetting that.”

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