Ellen Pompeo has recalled the fight that happened between her and Denzel on the set of Grey’s Anatomy.
According to Ellen, Denzel Washington was brought in to direct an episode “The Sound of Silence” in Grey’s Anatomy season 12. Her character, Meredith Grey, had her jaw broken by an epileptic patient in the episode.
However, the 51-year-old actress didn’t believe that he was the right person for the job. She said: “He came probably three weeks prior so he could get caught up because Denzel doesn’t watch much TV; he’d probably never seen the show.
” He did the show because his wife is a big fan… I think he saw it as a good exercise to just come in and direct something quick.
“But, imagine Denzel Washington coming on to direct an episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’? That’s something that I never thought that I would see, ever.
“Superstars are superstars for a reason. There’s just an energy and a vibration that they give off that makes them super charismatic. Patrick has it, Obama has it, anyone, that I’ve ever met that’s, like, crazy charismatic has it. And Denzel has it in spades, for sure…
“But, Denzel’s a movie star, right? He doesn’t know s*** about directing TV.”
Ellen Pompeo eventually had a clash with Denzel Washington when she went off-script.
Speaking on her Tell Me podcast, she said: “One of the scenes at the end of the episode, I have to go [confront] this man who beat me up.
“And so Meredith was really hesitant and reluctant. My jaw was broken, and I couldn’t bring myself to go hear the apology from this character… She was just at the point where she wasn’t having it.
“I didn’t really want to talk to this actor or see this actor before we did this scene, so I didn’t have much interaction with him at all. And then, he apologised to me, but he was doing it really softly. He made this choice to speak very softly.
“And I was p***** that I had to sit there and listen to this apology. And he wasn’t looking at me in the eye… and I yelled at him, I was like, ‘Look at me! When you apologise, look at me!’ And that wasn’t in the dialogue.”
“Denzel went ham on my a**. He was like, ‘I’m the director! Don’t you tell him what to do!’
“I was like, ‘Listen, motherf***er, this is my show! This is my set! Who are you telling – You barely even know where the bathroom is!’ I have the utmost respect for him as an actor, as a director, as everything, but we went at it!”
However, Denzel and Ellen Pompeo are completely fine, with no hard feelings between them. This has not stopped fans from taking sides and reaching several other conclusions about the superstars’ characters based on this incident.
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