Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Cher on “Witches of Eastwick” Director George Miller: “He wanted to cut my head off”


Cher says director George Miller (Mad Max) did not want her in The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, Angelica Huston and Michelle Pfeiffer. In the new CAA book “Powerhouse,” by James Andrew Miller, Cher pulls no punches.

“George Miller didn’t want me in any way, and wanted to cut my head off. Every time they would call to say, “George is really excited about you being in this film,” and blah blah blah, I would call him and he would say, “I really don’t want you in this film, but I’m being forced into it now,” and I said, “You know what, dude, fuck you. You’re not finding me under a rock, I’ve already been nominated for Academy Awards.”

“He just hated me so, but Ronnie [Ron Meyers, co-chief of CAA] just kept pushing and pushing, telling me it was going to work out. He probably had to strangle George to get me on that set, but I never heard him raise his voice. And it was such a strange thing. Ronnie was right. The moment we started working, he forgot all the horrible things he said about me and we got along just beautifully. I had such a good time on that movie in certain ways— in other ways, no— but in many ways, it was a lot of fun.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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