Friend and Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper says that he was alarmed when he found out Brittany Murphy was planning to wed British screenwriter Simon Monjack and even warned the starlet about her soon-to-be husband!
"The last thing I told Brittany is: “Do you know this guy? I mean do you really know him? Do you know what you are doing by marrying him?" said Hickenlooper, who reportedly considered Murphy for the role of Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl over Sienna Miller.
Brittany then "became angry" with the director and claimed she knew Monjack "better than anyone" and hung up on Hickenlooper!
"A few months later I tried to phone her to see if she was alright," the director continued. "…Monjack would not let me speak to her."
The Factory Girl director has had his fair share of trouble with Simon Monjack, stating "Simon Monjack had nothing to do with Factory Girl," even though Murphy's husband has a credit for the film on IMDB!
"He filed a frivolous lawsuit against us. . . making bogus claims that we had stolen his script. He held us literally to hostage and we were forced to settle with him as he held our production over a barrel," he said.
Too bad the movie bombed!
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