Strap in, from people, because in friend’s words The Big Lebowski: “It’s a very complicated matter … lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous.”
Ray fisher, Who played cyborg in 2017 Justice League, This summer, exposing the allegations, alleging that the film’s set had “a toxic and abusive work environment” – especially outside Joss whedon (Which Jack Snyder stepped into direct reshoots after leaving production) and producer Geoff johns And John berg. A few weeks ago, Warner Bros. The parent company, WarnerMedia, launched a third-party investigation into Fisher’s allegations.
Late Friday night, Warner Bros. released a statement accusing Fisher of not cooperating in that investigation and portraying the actor in an unfavorable light. Well, if we have learned one thing in the last few months, it is that Ray Fisher is not the type to take things lying down. So yesterday, he posted a 15-minute video response to this latest volley, saying “among many other things, shame” [WB] To do so, “and stating how his statements” backfired on him in a big way. “Get a recap of this situation and read Fisher’s response below.
Warner Bros. ‘ blame
On September 4, Fisher posted this tweet Walter Hamada, President of DC Films:
So you can better understand how deep it is:
After speaking about the Justice League, I received a call from DC Films president in which he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and John Berg under the bus in the hope that I would trust Geoff Johns.
I will not do.
– Ray Fisher (@ ray8fisher) September 4, 2020
(For those who don’t know, Geoff Johns is the producer of several films in DC and has long been one of the company’s top book writers.)
Fisher’s tweet was posted on Friday afternoon, and late that night, the Hollywood Reporter published a lengthy statement from Warner Bros. endorsing Hamada and portrayed gleefully Fisher as a simpleton. , Which does not understand how filmmaking works. I will republish the WB statement in full, but trust me, you will want to read Fisher’s rebuttal below.
Here is the statement of WB:
“In July, Ray Fisher representatives asked DC Films president Walter Hamada to talk to Mr. Fisher about his concerns during the production of Justice League. The two had previously spoken out when Mr. Hamada asked him to reprise his role as Cyborg in Warner Bros. ‘Upcoming flash film, along with other members of the Justice League. In his July conversation, Mr. Fisher acknowledged the disagreement he had with the film’s creative team about his portrayal of Cyborg, and complained that his suggested script modifications had not been adopted. Mr. Hamada pointed out that creative difference is a normal part of the production process, and that the writer / director of a film should ultimately be in charge of these matters. In particular, Mr. Hamada also told Mr. Fisher that he would raise his concerns to WarnerMedia so that they could conduct an investigation. Never had Mr. Hamada thrown anyone under the bus, as Mr. Fisher has wrongly claimed or presented any decision about the production of Justice League, after filming before Mr. Hamada Mr. Hamada had no involvement. His current position was extended.
While Mr. Fisher never accused him of any type of misconduct, WarnerMedia began investigating concerns he had raised about his characterization. Still not satisfied, Mr. Fisher insisted that WarnerMedia employ an independent third-party investigator. The investigator has attempted to discuss his concerns with Mr. Fisher several times, but to date, Mr. Fisher has refused to talk to the investigator. Warner Bros. is committed to accountability and the well-being of every cast and crew members on each of its productions. It is also committed to investigating any specific and credible allegations of malpractice which Mr. Fisher has thus far failed to provide. “
Ray Fisher’s reboot
In the wake of the THR story, Fisher tweeted:
It is also worth noting that I made it clear to the world on August 21 that I would vet the investigator to ensure fair and protected procedure for all witnesses. @wbpictures Have raised it to a completely different level, but I am ready to meet the challenge.
– Ray Fisher (@ ray8fisher) September 5, 2020
Then, on Labor Day, he posted a 15-minute Instagram live video in which he presents his side of the story and thoughts on the entire situation in more detail. You can see the whole thing for yourself right here, but I have crossed many of the most relevant quotes and will present them for you right now.
He said, “I am shocked and can say with astonishment that Warner Bros. too would have dared to make such a statement.” “They’ve set themselves up, unfortunately, for a lot of issues. They have no idea how many conversations I have with them. They don’t know who I’m talking to. They talk a lot about me. “People don’t know that they are ready and able to participate in the investigation. Unfortunately, there is something that is going to jam them in a big way.”
“It was a bold move by him… to say that I was trying to escape the investigator or not cooperate with the investigator. This is the worst kind of spin you can put in a situation like this, because I have received receipts to prove that at every step, there is clear communication about what it is that we are trying to do. . They put themselves in a really strange place. I Is not Gonna Lie. And it really sucks, because what’s ultimately going to happen is someone being thrown under the bus for the statement they put out. If you notice, in that statement, there was not a single quote [DC Films chief] Walter Hamada. There was not a single quote from anyone. This was a blanket PR statement that was excluded. What I said about Walter Hamada throwing Jose Whedon and John Berg under the bus is absolutely true, but as it seems, they probably intend to throw someone’s poor assistant under the bus because He must “press”. That email. Unfortunately this is how it goes. It is really gross. But the only way to cut through PR spin is to hit it with hard facts and hard evidence, and to let people know that you’re not playing the game. This is a very strange game. It is a sad and desperate game. But this is a forecast. They are now just being reactionary, which is clearly not good.[Hamada’s] The excuse for the situation with Geoff Johns was, ‘Well Ray, I worked with Geoff Shazam. I really don’t think he would do this kind of stuff. ‘And I go,’ Walter, you were not there. I was not telling you. You were not at that time when the man used channel communication to call me to his office and put my career in danger. You were not for him. ‘I said,’ You were not there when Geoff Johns approached me in 2018, a year and a half later Justice League When i was shooting true Detective, Using back channel communication to sad that another cyborg is being used in the DC Universe showing on a show that he is building. ‘I said,’ Walter, you were not for those things. You can’t tell me about it. ‘In the end we got to the heart of all that stuff, and I realized that clearly, this is a situation in which Walter was trying to protect Geoff Johns because of his continued business partnership, such as Wonder Woman 1984. “
He says he had a two-hour conversation with the vice president of the human resources department at Warner Bros. In which he briefed them and recommended to the people that they should interview him about this situation.
“The fact is, I’ve got a lot of information that I can put into these stories and I’m ready to face it,” Fisher explained. “So when faced with generalized press releases, generalized press releases, it’s an impossible task for them. So, ever since they’ve opened up cans of worms, there are some things I’m going to say publicly now – Not about specific experiences Justice League, But ever since I have come out with my accusations about Joss Whedon, Geoff Johns and John Berg, how things have been handled up to this point. ”
He also explained that he is not backing down:
He said, ‘I will keep fighting a good fight, but I will keep fighting it hard. I can’t fight it with emotion, like they probably want me to. I am going to fight this hard fact. I am going to fight this with logic. I am going to fight it with common sense. Because, apparently, this is the only thing that can cut through the nonsense.
If they are hoping that I will sue them so that they can ask a judge to put a gag order on me, until all this is done, they are getting one more thing. I don’t care if the situation is ending, you are not going to shut me up. This, and because I have not given them all the information, they are trying to find out who is telling me, what I know, and what I want to say. Because I haven’t run it by them – I haven’t run it by anyone before, some things I’m saying – they don’t know what I’m going to say next or how I’m going to respond. So, they tested the water with that statement, and I think people immediately saw through it. It attacked them in a big way. Because when I can present receipts, I can immediately refute the important information you are trying to use to discredit me. “
Fisher says that WB has “raised it to a different level”, and he is going to find out what the next best steps are to move forward. Again, it is very difficult to parse from now on to see it all from the outside, but as always, we hope justice happens and the truth is revealed soon.
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