Should we really be feeling sorry for Kim Basinger after all? Actress Jan Maxwell‘s experience makes us want to reconsider our thoughts on which one is more crazy: Alec Baldwin or Kim Basinger?
Jan Maxwell left the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the Joe Orton comedy last Sunday after complaining about the behavior of her co-star, Alec Baldwin.
Maxwell’s departure was first reported Wednesday in the New York Post, which obtained a copy of an e-mail the actress sent to a friend about Baldwin. In the note, the actress declared that the “bottom line was my physical safety, mental health and artistic integrity — none of which Roundabout was supporting.”
In the e-mail, Maxwell said Baldwin put his fist through a wall and was “throwing things around with all of us cowering,” and Maxwell accused Baldwin of giving the Roundabout an ultimatum: refusing to go on with her.
The Roundabout, in a statement, said, “Mr. Baldwin has been totally professional in all dealings with the company and management throughout the engagement of Entertaining Mr. Sloane and we are delighted to have him in the show. Ms. Maxwell chose to leave the production, and there was never any question of an ultimatum.”
“After Ms. Maxwell made it clear that she did not want to stay, Roundabout decided for the benefit of the entire Sloane company to let her know that she need not return to the production (of course receiving payment for the notice period of her contract) which she gladly accepted,” the theater said.
Actress exits play over Alec Baldwin [USA Today]