Lauren Shuler Donner, the key X-Men producer since the first film in 2000, has spoken out about recent allegations by directors Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner, along with Deadpool actor T.J. Miller. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Shuler Donner supported the idea of Ratner being exiled from the movie industry entirely.
"“I back [Ellen Page] up 100 percent. Absolutely,” Shuler Donner said, refering to the actor alleging several instances of sexual harassment and demeaning actions. “He’s horrible. I’m aware he’s very demeaning to women, extremely demeaning to women, myself included. Yes, I was aware. Anybody that’s female, he’s demeaning.”
Ratner was brought in by Shuler Donner and Fox to direct X-Men: The Last Stand, following the depature of Singer to direct Superman Returns. Singer ultimately returned to the X-Men franchise to direct two more films, but following sexual abuse allegations has begun to withdraw from the franchise - including removing his name from Legion.
“Listen, I love Bryan, but Bryan has a lot of demons,” Shuler Donner said. “Bryan has some problems, and Bryan needs to take care of his personal problems. That’s all I can say.”
In addition to that, T.J. Miller - who plays Weasel in Deadpool and the upcoming sequel - has been accused of sexual assault and abuse in a December Daily Beast story. When asked about the situation and the possibility of Miller being replaced, Shuler Donner said it was unlikely.
"We’re in the final editing,” she said. “I don’t think so.”