A few months back, actress Ellen Page -- who played the mutant Kitty Pryde in both The Last Stand and Days of Future Past -- spoke out against director/producer Brett Ratner for inappropriate comments she alleges he made on set. Last week, longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner weighed in on the situation, and made it clear that she believes Page's account of Ratner outing her without consent.
“I back her up 100 percent,” Shuler Donner said in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes. “Absolutely. 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.”
The event in question allegedly involved the director urging one of Page's female co-stars to "make her realize she's gay." Page, who at the time privately struggled with her sexual identity, found the comment both inappropriate and unprofessional. Later, costar Anna Paquin backed up Page's claim in a tweet, stating that she was there when Ratner made the comment.
Shuler Donner was also clear about what consequences she thinks Ratner should face for his past actions. Asked if she thought Page's and others' accusations would result in Ratner being blacklisted from future projects, she stated succinctly, "I hope so."