Nathan Fillion would not hesitate to work with Joss Whedon again, despite the numerous allegations of misconduct surrounding the controversial writer and director.
Fillion, who has been one of Whedon’s most consistent collaborators over the years, defended the creator during a recent episode of actor Michael Rosenbaum’s “Inside of You” podcast.
“I had an experience entirely…it wasn’t my experience with this man,” Fillion said, describing Whedon as “funny, self-deprecating, incredibly talented” and “maybe a bit haunted.”
“By his own admission, this guy is a work in progress,” he continued. “And I appreciate that. I’ll work with Joss again in a second. I’ll work with him in a second.
Fillion and Whedon have worked together on projects such as the short-lived space western series “Firefly” and its spin-off film “Serenity,” as well as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” and “Much Teen About Nothing”.
Whedon was at the center of misconduct allegations that came to light in July 2020, when ‘Justice League’ star Ray Fisher accused the director of “rude, abusive and unprofessional” behavior on set. Gal Gadot later confirmed reports that Whedon had threatened to end his career during an argument during reshoots for the superhero film.
Fisher’s claims sparked an outpouring of support from others who had worked with Whedon over the years, including “Buffy” and “Angel” alum Charisma Carpenter.
Carpenter said she was traumatized by Whedon, saying he “created hostile and toxic work environments” and weaponized her pregnancy against her, which triggered a lingering physical condition. Her co-stars, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz and Eliza Dushku, expressed their support, with many cast and crew members sharing their own accounts.
After months of silence, Whedon, who quit her HBO series “The Nevers” and hasn’t released another project amid the controversy, addressed the claims in a Vulture profile earlier this year.
In the play, the director called Fisher “a bad actor both ways,” dismissing his claims as a “malicious force.” He also denied threatening Gadot and called their clash a misunderstanding, given that “English is not his first language and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech”.
“I read this article, and at no time did it mention ‘Firefly’,” Fillion said, before acknowledging that “there’s not much people will do in front of me” given of his status on set.
“That’s what I learned,” he added. “My experience at work is different from the experience of others at work. »
Fillion said he’s been keeping in touch with Whedon and they’ve been discussing a possible “Firefly” revival, adding, “We talk, we joke, we fantasize. »
But when asked to return to the show without Whedon’s involvement due to the allegations, the actor said, “It would be heartbreaking. How can you? »