Fred Savage’s on-set behavior has come under intense scrutiny after he was fired as executive producer and director of The Wonder Years reboot earlier this month amid accusations of misconduct.
Savage, 45, who has worked extensively as a director in addition to his acting endeavors, is ‘quick to anger’ and ‘can have a temper and occasional outbursts’ when in charge of productions, have sources told People on Tuesday.
An insider told the outlet that Savage enjoys passing scenes, which puts crews under more pressure, leads to longer days and gives him “more opportunities to break people.”
The latest: Fred Savage’s on-set behavior has come under intense scrutiny after he was fired as executive producer and director of The Wonder Years reboot earlier this month amid misconduct charges. Savage, 45, was photographed in 2019 in New York
The insider said, “He works his teams pretty hard always doing more takes than necessary.” Some directors simply overshoot. Sometimes they feel like they didn’t get the performance or they want to try another angle or things like that.
Anahita Seda, an attorney who represented client Youngjoo Hwang in a 2018 assault and harassment lawsuit against Savage for his behavior on the set of The Grinder, also commented on the situation swirling around Savage.
“It was a long time coming and I’m not the least bit surprised,” Seda told Page Six on Monday. “When my client came to me in 2018 with her allegations against Mr. Savage, we discovered that there was at least one legal action that had been taken against him in the past and that Mr. Savage allegedly had this guy behavior not only towards my client but also towards other women.
“It is unfortunate that it took my client to speak out and now these other people before action was finally taken.”
Savage, who has worked extensively as a director in addition to his acting endeavors, is ‘quick to anger’ and ‘can have a temper and occasional outbursts’ when in charge of productions, sources have said. to People on Tuesday. He was photographed in 2019 in New York
Anahita Seda (R), an attorney who represented costume designer Youngjoo Hwang (L) in a 2018 assault and harassment lawsuit against Savage for his behavior on the set of The Grinder, said of Savage’s firing: “C ‘was a long time coming and I’m not the least bit surprised’
Hwang said in legal documents that Savage had a “volatile and aggressive temper when it came to the female crew” and had “hard hit” her three times.
In court documents reviewed by the outlet, Hwang said ‘Savage was known to bully, intimidate and torment female crew members as they performed their duties by shouting things like “I’m not a dog, stop fucking after me”, “Don’t even look at me anymore”, and “Get away from me.”‘
Savage, who later settled the lawsuit, called the charges “completely baseless and absolutely false”, and was cleared by an investigation at the time by 20th Century Television.
A source close to Savage told People that the actor-director “hasn’t seemed stressed” since his ousting from The Wonder Years reboot, as he’s been “quite relaxed” and “enjoying some down time” with his wife Jennifer Lynn at their home in Los Angeles.
Savage rose to fame as a child star in films such as The Princess Bride and The Wizard, and the first incarnation of the TV show The Wonder Years, in which he played lead character Kevin Arnold from 1988 to 1993.
Savage branched out into his Hollywood endeavors over 20 years ago as he maintained a career in front of and behind the camera.
In recent years, he has starred in shows such as Friends from College, The Grinder and The Conners, in addition to voice roles in animated series such as Family Guy, American Dad! and Rex Generator.
As a director, he has worked extensively on shows such as The Conners, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Black-ish, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He had directed eight episodes of The Wonder Years reboot before his May 6 ouster.
Savage rose to fame as a child star in the first incarnation of the TV show The Wonder Years, in which he played lead character Kevin Arnold from 1988 to 1993.
Savage was seen directing the reboot of The Wonder Years last year alongside actor Elisha Williams
Savage’s firing from the show was confirmed by a 20th Television spokesperson in a statement earlier this month, detailing the final outcome of an investigation against the actor-director.
“Recently, we became aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as policy dictates, an investigation has been initiated,” the spokesperson said. “Upon completion, the decision was made to end his employment as executive producer and director of The Wonder Years.”
Seda told Page Six that she believes “the network must have found some corroboration and had no choice but to part ways with him” because “they can be held civilly liable in court” if they did. they are deemed negligent in handling complaints of misconduct.
‘Fox has not corroborated the recorded claims, nor has it released the findings of the investigation; we can only assume wrongdoing has been uncovered,” Seda said.
Savage’s conduct on the original incarnation of The Wonder Years was also a focus of controversy.
Alley Mills, 71, who played her mother Norma Arnold on the show, told Yahoo! in 2018 that the show’s 1993 conclusion was tied to a “ridiculous” sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Savage and his co-star Jason Hervey, 50.
Mills called Savage “the least offensive, most wonderful, sweetest human being that has ever walked the face of the earth.”
According to a 1993 report by the Los Angeles Times, a costume designer named Monique Long sued Savage and Hervey over allegations of wrongful termination due to misconduct by the two actors. The lawsuit was later settled and dropped.