Joss Whedon critics don’t particularly interest Nathan Fillion. Over the years, the Castle actor collaborated with Whedon on a number of projects, including the 2002 Fox television series “Firefly”. Now, Fillion has come forward to claim that he would be keen to work with Whedon again in the wake of several accusations against the Hollywood filmmaker and TV producer. Here are the details:
The several accusations against Joss Whedon:
Whedon was highly recognised and appreciated for his achievements in writing and directing films including Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as television programmes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. However, after actors and crew members he had collaborated with, came out with accounts of violence and cruelty they endured while shooting on his sets, everything crumbled down for him. Ray Fisher accused Whedon of creating a hostile work atmosphere on production and labelled his conduct toward the cast and crew as “gross, abusive, and unprofessional” last year. Charisma Carpenter, an actress best known for her roles in Buffy and Angel, then spoke about how Whedon had abused her mentally and emotionally. Since then, the way most people view Whedon’s earlier work has changed as a result of his alleged record of body-shaming, threatening behaviour, and bullying.
Nathan Fillon’s response to these allegations:
Despite the bad criticism Joss Whedon has received, longtime partner Nathan Fillion affirms that he “would work with Joss again in a second.” While a speaker on the Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum program, Fillon made these statements. “I read that article, and nowhere in there at any point in time did he mention Firefly. I had an entirely… that was not my experience with that man,” Fillion told Rosenbaum on Inside of You. He also described Whedon as ‘funny, self-deprecating, incredibly talented and maybe a little haunted’. “I mean, listen by his own admission that guy’s a work in progress and I appreciate that…I would work with Joss again in a second. I would work with him again in a second,” Fillion added.
Fillon also disclosed that he has had informal discussions with Whedon about getting back together for a Firefly resurrection. In 2005’s Serenity, Firefly made a comeback as a feature film after airing on Fox for one season in 2002. The actor remarked about the continuation of Firefly, “We talk, we joke, we fantasise.” When it was suggested that Firefly may be produced without Whedon, Fillion said, “It would be heartbreak. How can you?”.