Actress Olivia Munn said that redemption is possible in the post #MeToo era, but specifically named both Ben and Casey Affleck and director Quentin Tarantino as examples of men who have not stepped back after misconduct accusations have come to light.
“There are going to be people that are hoping they can just push past it and people can just forget,” Munn told Buzzfeed Friday. “We have stuff with the Afflecks, both of them. They just keep going and hoping that no one is going to find out. We have Tarantino who admitted to abusive behavior on set and also knowing what Harvey Weinstein was doing.”
Representatives for Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Speaking with Buzzfeed on their morning show “AM to DM,” Munn said that “abusers need to go to the back of the line” after making mistakes in order to provide opportunities for others.
“When most people mess up, we have to go to the back of the line and earn our way back up,” Munn said. “But then, there are these certain men who, when they mess up they kind of go, ‘Oops, sorry, my bad,’ and then just resume their place in line.”
Munn further said that “redemption is possible” for abusers but that it must be earned.
“The thing is that, not that they’re not incredibly talented in their own right, but when you are given the opportunity to have any kind of power and you abuse that power, I believe you immediately lose all positioning and that you don’t get to have that power anymore,” she said. “You need to make room for the other people who can come in and have the opportunity to be great directors or writers or producers or actors and that the abusers need to go to the back of the line.”
Ben Affleck in 2017 apologized by saying he “acted inappropriately” to “One Tree Hill” actress Hilarie Burton for groping her breasts on MTV’s live show “TRL” in 2003. The actor came under additional scrutiny after a video surfaced in which he could be seen repeatedly nuzzling and hugging TV personality Anne-Marie Losique while referring to her breasts during a 2004 interview.
“I’m looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution,” Affleck told the Associated Press in November 2017 in response to the criticism.
As for Casey Affleck, the actor bowed out of presenting the Academy Award for Best Actress after winning the Best Actor Oscar the previous year amid pressure from past sexual misconduct accusations.
In 2010, Affleck was served with a lawsuit by Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka, the producer and cinematographer who worked with him on the movie “I’m Still Here.” The two women outlined several instances of “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances” during filming, which Affleck denied. The lawsuits were settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
After his Oscar win, Casey Affleck told the Boston Globe, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.”
More recently, Casey Affleck admitted his “culpability” as a producer on set and for creating an “unprofessional environment” in a 2018 interview with the AP.
“First of all, that I was ever involved in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit is something that I really regret. I wish I had found a way to resolve things in a different way,” Casey Affleck said. “I kind of moved from a place of being defensive to one of a more mature point of view, trying to find my own culpability. And once I did that I discovered there was a lot to learn.”
In an interview with the New York Times, actress Uma Thurman said that though she didn’t think Tarantino had “malicious intent,” when he made her perform a dangerous driving stunt on the set of “Kill Bill” that resulted in an injury. Shortly after the interview, Tarantino called the stunt “the biggest regret of my life.”
“I am guilty, for putting her in that car, but not the way that people are saying I am guilty of it,” the director said in an interview with Deadline.
In the same interview, Tarantino describes personally spitting on and choking Thurman as part of a scene, as well as choking actress Diane Kruger for a scene in “Inglourious Basterds,” though Kruger later defended Tarantino as a “pure joy” to work with.
He further said in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein accusations that he knew “enough to do more than I did.”
“There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino admitted to the New York Times. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”
Watch the full interview with Munn here.