Miriam Margolyes reveals her candid experience with Steve Martin on the set of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ – find out why she called it ‘horrid.
The renowned stage and screen star, known for her candid opinions on fellow celebrities, takes aim at Hollywood comedian and Only Murders in the Building star in her latest memoir, released on September 14th. Margolyes delves into her “uncomfortable” collaboration with the 78-year-old Martin in Frank Oz’s iconic film Little Shop of Horrors from 1986.
Miriam Margolyes Reveals On-Set Experience With Steve Martin
Miriam Margolyes portrayed Martin’s “psychopathic dentist” Orin Scrivello in the movie. During their musical number “Dentist!,” Martin’s character not only slammed a door into Margolyes’ face but also punched her.
In her memoir, Margolyes, the Harry Potter Star hinted at real injuries during the filming, stating, “Throughout the day, I endured doors constantly hitting my face, endured repeated punches, slaps, and takedowns by the unapologetic Steve Martin, who, perhaps, was deeply engrossed in method acting. I returned home with a splitting headache and a sour mood.”
Margolyes remarked, “Let it not be said that I have never suffered in the name of art,” and concluded that the actor in question “was undeniably brilliant, but horrid to me”.
She also commended her former co-star Steve Buscemi, noting that he was “was unerringly sweet” and “knocked spots off Steve Martin”.
In Margolyes’s memoir, the actor recounted an incident in which she flashed an “exhausted” Martin Scorsese while working together on the 1993 film “The Age of Innocence.”
In a recent interview, Margolyes referred to John Cleese as “poisonous” and characterized him as “a puny tadpole of a person.”
In recent years, Cleese, who is preparing to debut a new show on GB News this month, has become an increasingly polarizing figure. In 2019, he appeared to criticize multiculturalism, stating, “London is not an English city anymore.”
In response to criticism, the 83-year-old remarked, “I suspect I should apologize for my fondness for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways, I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it.”