Sophie Turner has stated that her experience working with Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse was not a pleasant one. Best known for portraying Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, the actress made her Marvel debut as Jean Grey in Singer’s 2016 X-Men movie. She'll reprise the role when Dark Phoenix hits theaters this summer.
Singer has been embroiled in controversy for quite some time, notably including a 2017 lawsuit alleging that he raped an underage boy back in 2003. This actually wasn’t the first such claim made against Singer. There was a similar case in 2014, which was later dropped. These allegations are troubling enough, but that wasn’t the end of the accusations against the director. He was also the focus of a piece published by The Atlantic a few months back that provided detailed accounts from four different men all of whom claim that they were assaulted or harassed by Singer. The 2017 suit came hot on the heels of his firing from Bohemian Rhapsody after a long absence and reportedly erratic behavior.
When talking to Rolling Stone, Turner mentioned certain parallels between Westeros and Hollywood, even likening Harvey Weinstein to Joffrey or Ramsey. When asked about working with Singer, the actress stated, “Our time together was, like Rami said, unpleasant.” Turner is echoing the sentiments of Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek, who said that his experience with the director was “not pleasant”.
In the wake of the quickly multiplying misconduct allegations mounting against Singer, his career has taken a huge hit. Although Bohemian Rhapsody was an awards favorite, the film lost its GLAAD Award nomination and its BAFTA nomination was suspended as well. Plus, Singer's name was notably absent from every acceptance speech given for the awards that the film did win. Singer’s Red Sonja movie has also been indefinitely shelved by Millennium Films, but he's yet to be officially removed from the project. Although, Amber Tamblyn has offered to take his spot in the director’s chair.
Singer is largely responsible for shaping Fox’s successful X-Men franchise, having launched the team to fame with his 2000 big screen adaptation. X2, the next in the series that he helmed is widely regarded as the best X-Men movie and Days of Future Past is also considered one of the better films centering on the team. Despite this, his time with Marvel’s Marvelous Mutants has clearly reached its end. X-Men: Apocalypse was a bloated mess that was neither a hit with critics or fans. Singer was replaced by longtime X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg for the final Fox installment, Dark Phoenix. After the massacre that was The Last Stand, fans are desperately hoping to see the iconic X-Men story done justice. Both the #Me Too and Time's Up movements have been making undeniable strides towards ensuring that those intent on abusing their power can no longer find employment, but there's still plenty of work to be done. The X-Men already have a fairly substantial rogues gallery without adding real-life supervillains to the mix.
Source: Rolling Stone
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019