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Actress Miriam Margoyles blasts ‘horrid’ Steve Martin

Miriam Margolyes expressed her dissatisfaction with her former co-star, Steve Martin, referring to him as a derogatory term and describing him as unpleasant to work with. Margolyes, renowned for her portrayal of Professor Sprout in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, collaborated with Martin on the 1986 movie “Little Shop of Horrors,” where Martin played a sadistic dentist and Margolyes portrayed his assistant. The scenes requiring Martin, aged 78, to simulate hitting Margolyes, aged 82, in the face and causing her to faint were distressing, according to the actress. In her recently published book, “Oh Miriam,” she recounts being constantly struck by doors and enduring repeated punches, slaps, and knockdowns by Martin. During a recent interview with news.com.au, she shared, “I didn’t enjoy it, and it gave me a splitting headache by the end of the day.” She further explained that Martin’s unfriendliness stemmed from his perfectionism, as he was solely focused on perfecting comedic moments without considering her involvement. Despite their collaboration, Margolyes felt that Martin was uninterested in establishing a harmonious working relationship, leading her to conclude that he was unpleasant. She candidly and unequivocally described him as a derogatory term. Although her experience filming the movie was miserable, Margolyes acknowledged Martin’s talent, considering him gifted. A representative for Martin has not responded to requests for comment. Margolyes characterized Martin as extremely unfriendly and unpleasant. She also criticized Mick Jagger, the frontman of the Rolling Stones, for his self-centeredness when they crossed paths in 2001 during their involvement in “The Vagina Monologues,” alongside Sophie Dahl, Jagger’s then-girlfriend. Margolyes straightforwardly stated her dislike for Jagger, commenting on his lack of interest in others. She remarked, “He thought he was important, and he is important, but important people should never think they’re important and should never show it if they think so. I just thought he was a tiresome old git.” Recently, the actress delighted fans by posing nude for a playful photoshoot featured in British Vogue’s Pride Issue.

Miriam Margolyes ripped her former co-star, Steve Martin, calling him a “c–t” who was “rather horrid” to work with.

The actress — best known for her role as Professor Sprout in the “Harry Potter” film series — worked with Martin on the 1986 film “Little Shop of Horrors,” in which, Martin played a sadistic dentist and Margolyes was his assistant.

The scenes, which called for Martin, 78, to pretend to punch Margolyes, 82, in the face and knock her out were dreadful, the actress claims.

In her recently released book, “Oh Miriam,” she writes about being “hit all day by doors opening in my face” and “repeatedly punched, slapped and knocked down” by Martin.

“I didn’t enjoy it and I had a splitting headache at the end of the day,” she told news.com.au in a recent interview.

“He was incredibly unfriendly because he was a perfectionist,” she continued. “He was an artist and all he was interested in was getting the comic moment right, and he was correct to do that, but he should have included me.”

Steve Martin and Miriam Margolyes in "Little Shop of Horrors."
Martin and Margolyes appeared together in the 1986 film “Little Shop of Horrors.”
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Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors."
Martin played a sadistic dentist who roughs up Margolyes in one scene.
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Margolyes added that she “would have included the person I was working with” but Martin “wasn’t interested in that.”

“I just thought he was rather horrid,” she bluntly surmised. “He was a c–t, that’s all I can tell you.”

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Despite the miserable filming experience, Margolyes confessed that she considers the “Only Murders in the Building” star to be “gifted.”

A rep for Martin did not immediately return our request for comment.

Steve Martin in "Only Murders in the Building."
Margolyes described Martin as “incredibly unfriendly” and “rather horrid.”
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Miriam Margoyles in "Harry Potter" movie.
Margoyles is best known for playing Professor Sprout in the “Harry Potter” film series.

“When I saw the scene afterwards I thought, ‘Oh, he’s good, he really is good,’” she explained.

Margolyes also slammed Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for being only interested in himself when she met him in 2001 while performing in “The Vagina Monologues” alongside Sophie Dahl, who Jagger was dating at the time.

“I just didn’t like him,” Margolyes said bluntly.

Mick Jagger in 2011.
Margolyes also criticized Mick Jagger, calling him a “tiresome old git.”

“He wasn’t interested in anybody else,” she explained. “He didn’t say ‘Good evening’ or ‘How’s the show going?’

“He thought he was important, and he is important, but important people should never think they’re important and should never show it if they think it. I just thought he was a tiresome old git.”

The actress recently delighted fans by posing naked for a series of cheeky photos for British Vogue’s Pride Issue.

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