“I wanted to beat him”: Charlize Theron’s Stunt Double Was Pissed With ‘Scary’ David Fincher While Filming The Killer

David Fincher's obsession with retakes is still making people involved in his movies furious.

“I wanted to beat him”: Charlize Theron’s Stunt Double Was Pissed With ‘Scary’ David Fincher While Filming The Killer


  • David Fincher is known for his obsession with retakes.
  • His obsession for perfection has upset a few celebrities in the past including Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Monique Ganderton, who is involved in 'The Killer' was upset with the director's retakes.
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Retakes could be a nightmare for anyone when it comes to David Fincher, the director who is notorious for his enormous amount of retakes. Fincher is extremely meticulous in his approach to capturing the finest details of a scene as he envisions it in his mind.

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David Fincher and Monique Ganderton on the set of The Killer
David Fincher and Monique Ganderton on the set of The Killer. Credit: Instagram/Monique Ganderton

The retake nightmare is not constrained to the actors involved in the scene but the entire cast and crew alongside the studio suffer Fincher’s haunting obsession. While filming his most recent thriller The Killer, Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde stunt double revealed that she was particularly upset with retakes.


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Charlize Theron’s Stunt Double Was Upset With David Fincher’s Retakes in The Killer

David Fincher and Monique Ganderton
David Fincher and Monique Ganderton. Credit: Instagram/Monique Ganderton

It is hard to work with David Fincher for one particular reason and a few celebrities have openly expressed their anger with the director and his obsession with retakes. Jake Gyllenhaal was pretty upset with Fincher’s retakes in Zodiac. Now, with his most recent thriller The Killer, the director has made Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde stunt double (who is also involved in the Fincher film), Monique Ganderton furious. Taking to her Instagram, Ganderton reveals details of Fincher and his eccentric filmmaking style.


“This Guy. Things that are true about David Fincher. He is scary. He is funny. His brain is amazing. I wanted to beat him with my crop after the 20th take… It was such an honor working with David and his amazing producer partner Cean. Dream team and Absolutely a film making bucket list experience,” she wrote on Instagram.

Understandably, it has been a nightmare for many to work with the director but it has also become a trademark for his success. Fincher is undoubtedly a Mr. Perfectionist as he leaves no stone unturned while on set.

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David Fincher Explained the Nature of The Killer

David Fincher
David Fincher. Credit: Raffi Asdourian/Flickr

The name of Fincher is enough to create a buzz and his most recent Netflix action thriller has grabbed several headlines. But to understand the essence of the movie, the director’s perception might help dissect the nature of the narrative. Speaking with Deadline, Fincher explains the thematic core of The Killer.

“The task at hand is relatable, it’s dramatic, it’s high stakes and in a lot of ways it’s extremely procedural, there are a lot of boxes that you need to tick before you exhale and pull. I didn’t really think of the movie as an assassin movie, I think of it more as a revenge movie,” Fincher said.

Fincher is a master of such grim and dark narratives. In The Killer, he was keen on letting the primary character develop a code and then “I like the idea of that code being dismantled by his needs, by necessity.” The character arc of Michael Fassbender as The Killer, a professional assassin is not a straightforward narrative of a ruthless serial killer but rather the inner turmoil that created the storm on screen, at least, the director insists upon the idea.


The Killer is available to stream on Netflix.

Also read: Despite Criticism, Fans Rank ‘The Killer’ Among the Top 5 David Fincher Films as Netflix Lands Yet Another Hit With Legendary Director


Written by Lachit Roy

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