X-Men: Bryan Singer's Behavior Led at Least One Producer to Sit Out Film Premiere
Ben Wasserman
Recent reports about the production of 2000's X-Men revealed that director Bryan Singer's on-set conduct caused one of the film's producers to sit out the film's premiere.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed how X-Men's critical and financial success masked a troubled production caused mainly by the director's unprofessional behavior. Donner stated that Singer "was very nervous and he would act out when he was insecure, as many people do. But his way of acting out would be to yell and scream at everybody on the set. Or walk off the set or shut down production."
This unruly behavior led Donner to decline attending X-Men's premiere. On why 20th Century Fox chose to ignore these issues, Donner explained, "You have to understand, the guy was brilliant, and that was why we all tolerated him and cajoled him." She added that were it for his erratic behavior and temperament, "He would be a really great director."
Donner also attributed the willingness to ignore such behavior to the nature of Hollywood, which has since fallen under immense scrutiny following the #MeToo movement. "It's a weird business, the film business. We honor creativity and talent and we forgive the brilliant ones. Unconsciously, we probably do enable them by turning a blind eye to whatever they're doing and taking their product and putting it out to the world," she noted.
Singer is one of many Hollywood celebrities currently facing multiple sexual assault allegations. Following the allegations, though Singer denied those claims, he was dropped as director of 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody, with two weeks of shooting left, and replaced with Dexter Fletcher.