Producer disputes claim in Alec Baldwin’s biography about underage costar

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Alec Baldwin’s memoir, “Nevertheless,” was released Tuesday revealing plenty of details about his acting career, and causing some controversy.

The producer of one of Baldwin’s previous films, Dana Brunetti, is emphatically disputing one claim from the book.

Baldwin contends in the narrative that he was unaware that costar Nikki Reed was underage during the filming of 2006’s “Mini’s First Time.” Reed’s character was a teenager who has sex with her stepfather—played by Baldwin—and convinces him to kill her mother.

“I was forty-seven, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was. When I found out, just as we finished, that she was seventeen, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different,” Baldwin wrote.

Brunetti, who produced the independent film and has since produced “House of Cards” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” has a different recollection.

Brunetti took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to counter Baldwin’s claims that he was unaware of Reed’s age during filming and that Baldwin confronted the producers after the fact.

“It’s a lie,” Brunetti told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “Of course he totally knew how old she was. That’s why there’s no nudity in the movie. He knew before we even cast the movie. I think he’s been method acting Trump too much and he doesn’t know the difference between fake news anymore.”

Brunetti’s claims were corroborated by fellow producer Evan Astrowsky and director Nick Guthe.

According to Brunetti, Reed’s age was viewed as an asset during casting because it dictated the amount of nudity that could be shown in the movie. Reed was only 16 when the film was made which would have required the Child Labor Board to approve any nudity. Due to the sexual nature of the scenes, approval would not have been granted.

Baldwin’s representatives have not yet commented on the disputed claim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H/T: Los Angeles Times

 

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