The hits just keep coming for Hollywood. Just not the ones the studio bean counters want to see.
The industry, already reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal’s fallout, got another body blow this week when we learned comic filmmaker Louis C.K. allegedly exposed himself to multiple women over the years.
Once again, rumors had been swirling for some time regarding the comic’s off-stage behavior. Now, the allegations are officially on the record, and his heretofore booming career might come to a complete halt.
The comedian’s latest appearance on “The Late Show” got cancelled at the last minute. So did a screening of his new film, “I Love You, Daddy.” And more allegations may be forthcoming, if the story follows the blueprint forged by recent sex scandals.
None of this likely comes as a surprise to Michelle Pfeiffer.
The actress, part of the starry ensemble featured in “Murder on the Orient Express,” shared a chilling anecdote about industry sexism this week. She spoke with a BBC interviewer about her take on the Weinstein scandal and its repercussions.
She didn’t have firsthand experience with the now-disgraced mogul. She still understands the culture in play and how it preys on young, impressionable women.
You know I’ve never worked with Harvey. I’ve had some experiences. I have to say since this is all come out, there really hasn’t been one woman that I’ve talked to who hasn’t had an experience and it just goes to show you how systemic the problem is. I know I’m having conversations with women I’ve known my whole life and we’ve never discussed this, and it’s coming out.
So what happens next?
For starters, she suspects men in the industry will think twice before attempting anything untoward with female colleagues. There’s a line between hitting on a co-star and acting inappropriately, she says. And men must respect that line or face the consequences.
Pfeiffer plays one of several passengers on a dramatic train trip in “Express” who may have committed murder. The film is based on the iconic Agatha Christie novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh stars as super sleuth Hercule Poirot. He also directed the film.