Nathan Fillion won’t hesitate to work with Joss Whedon again despite the many allegations of misconduct surrounding the controversial writer-director.
Fillion, who has been one of Whedon’s most consistent collaborators over the years, defended the creator during a recent episode of actor Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside You podcast.
“I had a totally… not my experience with this man,” Fillion said, describing Whedon as “funny, self-deprecating, incredibly talented” and “perhaps a bit stalked.”
“By his own admission, this guy is under development,” he continued. “And I appreciate it. I’ll be working with Joss again in a second. I’d work with him in a second.”
Fillion and Whedon worked together on projects such as the short-lived space western Firefly and its spin-off Serenity, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. White. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Whedon was at the center of allegations of misconduct that came to light in July 2020, when Justice League star Ray Fisher accused the director of “rude, abusive and unprofessional” behavior on set. Gal Gadot later confirmed reports that Whedon threatened to end her career during an altercation during reshoots for the superhero movie.
Fisher’s claims drew a wave of support from others who have worked with Whedon over the years, including Buffy and Angel alum Charisma Carpenter.
Carpenter spoke of Whedon traumatizing her, stating that he “created a hostile and toxic work environment” and used her pregnancy against her, causing a permanent physical condition. Her co-stars, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz and Eliza Dushku, have expressed their support, and many cast and crew members have shared their accounts.
After months of silence, Whedon, who left his HBO series The Nevers and hasn’t released a single project amid controversy, addressed the claims on a Vulture profile earlier this year.
In this part, the director called Fischer “a bad actor in both senses”, dismissing his accusations as a “malicious force”. He also denied threatening Gadot and called their clash a misunderstanding given that “English is not her first language and I tend to be annoyingly flamboyant in my speech.”
“I read that article and nowhere at any point in time did he mention Firefly,” Fillion said, before admitting that “people won’t do much in front of me,” given his status on set.
“That’s what I learned,” he added. “My work experience is different from other people’s work experience.”
Fillion said he was in touch with Whedon and they discussed a possible Firefly revival, adding, “We talk, we joke, we fantasize.”
But when asked about returning to the series without Whedon due to the allegations, the actor said: “It would be heartbreaking. How can you?”