May 27, 2024

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'Do you understand what you did?

'Do you understand what you did?


In February, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson spoke about a turning point in her decades-long career, recalling a time on set where an “idiot” A-list co-star made disparaging remarks toward her, eventually prompting her to tell them to “fuck off.” “

Although she did not mention the person's name, her comments went viral, as internet sleuths quickly tried to confirm the actor's identity.

“I wasn't expecting that, by the way,” the “Dune: Part 2” star recently said on SiriusXM's “The Jess Cagle Show” about her comment gaining traction, admitting that a string of former co-stars have since called her crazy.

Ferguson acknowledged this interest, saying: “Yes, I kind of enjoyed catching the ball.” “But I've realized, even at my age now… that it doesn't matter. When you sit down and do interviews… because I'm me, right? I definitely think I'm more open. I also know where my boundaries are. But the point of the interview wasn't to find “Of course people will be interested.”

Ferguson said revealing her story was not about naming the individual, but about highlighting her strength.

“The point was: 'Is there a point in your career where you've been treated in a way where you've changed your decision about either – this is how I phrased it myself – do you want change or you're not going to accept it, etcetera.'

Rebecca Ferguson did not mention the person's name, but her comments spread quickly, as internet investigators quickly tried to confirm the actor's identity. AP
Ferguson in a scene from Dune: Part 2. AP

“It was a clear moment for me to work with this person,” she continued. “I've gotten phone calls from amazing co-stars I've worked with, 'You understand what I've done, right?' And I'm like, 'Oh my God. No, I didn't. I didn't think.'

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“I mean it's not my responsibility to be honest, I don't really care, you know. You're great. But my story is my story, and if you're a good person, don't worry about it.”

The “Mission Impossible” actress has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and Emily Blunt in “The Girl on the Train.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the movie “Hercules” Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet and Florence Pugh in “Dune.”

Dwayne Johnson has supported Ferguson online after sharing her incident with one of his co-stars. Paramount Pictures

Both Johnson and Blunt have denied any involvement and have shown their support for Ferguson. Johnson wrote on X“I hate seeing this but I love seeing her stand up to the bull—. Rebecca was my guardian angel sent from heaven to our group. I love that woman. I would like to know who did this.”

“Rebecca and Emily are friends, and there is nothing but love between them,” Blunt's representative told the Daily Mail.

Ferguson initially told her story on Josh Smith's show, “Reign,” noting at the time that neither Tom Cruise nor Hugh Jackman, with whom she had worked on several projects, were the people she was referring to.

Ferguson explained that Tom Cruise was not the person she was referring to. © Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection

“I did a movie with a completely stupid co-star,” she began. “This person was feeling insecure and angry because… [they] I couldn't make it out backstage and I think I was so weak and uncomfortable that I would get yelled at and I would cry when I walked off set.

“This guy was literally looking at me in front of the whole crew and saying, 'Do you call yourself an actor?' This is what I have to work with?… What is this?' And I stood there broken.

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“And I remember the next day I walked up and said, 'Get off my set.' “This is the first time I've done this [had] I ever talked – I remember I was so afraid. And I looked at this person and said, “You can go.” I'll work on the tennis ball. I don't want to see you again.'”

“The point was: Is there a point in your career where you've been treated in a way where you've changed your decision about either – that's how I phrased it myself – do you want change or you're not going to accept it, etcetera,” Ferguson said. AP

Ferguson explained that she did not feel supported by executives. “Then I remember the producers came and said, 'You can't do this to Actor No. 1. We have to leave this person on set,'” she explained. “And I said, 'But the person can turn around and I can move from behind.' [of their] head.' “And I did.”

“It's taken a long time for me to get there. It's for the last 10 or 12 years of my life. I've been acting since I was 16. But from that moment on, I've never allowed myself to get to a point where I go home and say: What happened, why did it happen?

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