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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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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