Joss Whedon is labeled “egocentric” by the Buffy Waterfall Coordinator amidst complaints

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Allegations against Joss Whedon have emerged (Photo: FilmMagic)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer showrunner Joss Whedon has been described as an “egocentric” who told stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt and double stuntwoman Sophia Crawford that no one would hire them again after a disagreement on set.

The Avengers director worked with Pruitt and Crawford, who dubbed for Sarah Michelle Gellar, for four seasons of Buffy before the row that would lead the pair to leave the series for good.

The couple, who started dating while working on the series and are now married, are said to have Metro.co.uk that Whedon demanded that they separate if Crawford wanted to continue working on the show and, after refusing, they found other directors reluctant to work with them.

Pruitt also claimed that his home computer had been “saved”, a producer allegedly confirmed that he had “copies of every email he had ever sent since the show started.”

The stunt coordinator said, “We had a great relationship, Joss and I, but he changed at the start of the show.

“He went from the humble writer who turned to me to find ways to turn combat scenes into a true egocentric who believed in his own hype. Then again, maybe he was always like that and I was just too naive to see him because he has never shown me that side before. We have always supported each other […]

“Sophia and I continued as long as possible, but tensions increased and some members of the crew began to plot against each other – including shady things directed against me behind my back.

Buffy double stunt and stunt coordinator Sophia Crawford and Jeff Pruitt

Whedon allegedly demanded separation of Pruitt and Crawford (Photo: Getty Images)

“Although we loved doing the show, in season four I was fed up and told them I was going to leave to direct Second Unit on another series. The producers told me that Joss reacted like I had an affair or something behind his back. ”

Pruitt went on to say that he had been asked to return for season five, which he agreed to, before Whedon called him to tell him that he was meeting Crawford.

He continued, “Sophia didn’t tell me until later that he asked her to come back to continue being” The Slayer, “but he had a request. First he wanted her to break up with me. She refused and left. She was disgusted.

Crawford added to Metro.co.uk: “I really liked Buffy, but honestly, Joss and Jeff had a bit of a falling out. And I’m sure it should have been resolved, could have been resolved, if they had just talked about it.

“But I was called to the office and I was given an ultimatum. And they said, “Come back to the show, but you have to leave Jeff, or don’t come back. And so I started to cry. And I said “F you. It’s horrible, goodbye. ”

She added that she is grateful for the opportunities she has had and that she has had an “excellent” relationship with most of the team on the show.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and double stuntwoman Sophia Crawford

Crawford doubled for Sarah Michelle Gellar for four seasons (Photo: sophiacrawfordstunts)

After further disagreements on the set, which saw Pruitt speaking on a public forum of Buffy and Whedon claiming that he had lied about it, the stunt coordinator said: “Finally, I just bent over and I took her hand.

“I shook him and told him how much I loved working with him on the show. I wished him luck and left. He looked stunned.

Pruitt added, “Joss told Sophia and me that” no one will ever hire you again after that. ” He never tells anyone that he will make sure you never work in this city again. He is very careful. He just suggests that no one will ever hire you again if you don’t like him.

However, he explained that due to having friends in the industry, he continued to work and said, “Despite Joss, Sophia and I continued to make more money with less heartache. than we had done in all of Buffy’s years working on other projects. “

Joss Whedon

Whedon has been described as “egocentric” (Image: WireImage for Equality Now)

“However, I must admit that sometimes I was offered a job only so that it would suddenly disappear,” continued Pruitt. “I was told they wanted a ‘Jeff Pruitt guy – but it can’t be Jeff Pruitt’. This has actually happened several times.

Pruitt added: “It turns out that Sophia told me that when she met, one of the producers accidentally leaked out … that they had copies of every email I had sent from the start from the Serie. It was strange to me because I only sent emails from my personal computer. How could they?

“Later, I was told that there was a rumor that some employees of the series who had ventured into the Bronze forum [Buffy online forum] to talk to fans live after the shows put keyloggers in their systems. I didn’t even know what it was at the time. Then I discovered a keylogger on my computer. During the 90s, I really paid no attention to online security. I learned the hard way.

Metro.co.uk a asked the production company for feedback.

Ray Fisher

Actor Ray Fisher accused Whedon of “abusive and unprofessional behavior” (Photo: WireImage)

He added, “Really, most of the show and our memories are great. We had a great time, but there were also dark moments towards the end. I cannot deny it. And instead of breaking up, Sophia and I became an unbreakable couple and we got married.

“Each of us has our own dramatic stories,” he said of the cast and the Buffy crew. “Most are too afraid to talk about it. All I can say is that I loved the way the series created villains and heroes just a week and saw them reverse roles later.

“The characters who may have had an adventure in an episode would turn around and try to kill each other later.” This is actually how it was behind the scenes with the cast and the team.

“Our true stories from real life are much higher than any script for the show. In fact, some things on the show were partly based on the actual relationships between some of us.

Pruitt’s statements about Whedon come shortly after Justice League actor Ray Fisher accused the director of “abusive and unprofessional” behavior on set.

The director did not respond to Fisher’s claims.

Whedon is best known for directing the first two Marvel Avengers movies and for leading TV shows including Firefly and Agents of SHIELD

Representatives of Joss Whedon declined to comment.

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