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‘Eighth Grade’ Director Bo Burnham Calls Out Elsie Fisher’s High School Teacher (Video)

Sundance 2018: Star’s drama teacher is a “hack” for not casting her in a school play, jokes director

Last Updated: May 29, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Elsie Fisher had enough talent to star in the comedy film “Eighth Grade” as a teenager grappling with high school on the horizon but, apparently, she didn’t have what it takes to be in her school play. And that irks “Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham to no end.

After the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the 27-year-old director called out Fisher’s teacher in an interview with TheWrap.

“Right after we wrapped, [Fisher] went to high school, and she didn’t get a part in her high school play,” said an incredulous Burnham. He then joked “Mr. Donia is a hack and should lose his job.”

Check out the clip above.

You’re on notice, Donia.

TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven also asked Burnham about making a movie focused on middle schoolers, rather than the traditional high school movie.

“There’s a lot of stories about kids in high school, and I felt like, now, the pressures on kids are being put [on them] much younger, so by the time they get to high school, they’re blasé and over it,” said Burnham.