On Tuesday, Alec Baldwin's memoir, Nevertheless, was released. It took exactly one day before the producer of Baldwin’s 2006 film Mini's First Time ripped into Baldwin’s claim that he was unaware co-star Nikki Reed was underage at the time of the filming.
In the film, Reed played a teenager who ends up sleeping with her stepfather (Baldwin) while persuading him to murder her mother. Baldwin wrote in his book, "I was forty-seven, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was. When I found out, just as we finished, that she was seventeen, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different.”
Look out. The film’s producer Dana Brunetti, who later produced House of Cards and 50 Shades of Grey, went ballistic on Twitter with a fusillade of responses:
On Wednesday, Brunetti told The Hollywood Reporter, "It’s a lie. Of course he totally knew how old she was. That’s why there’s no nudity in the movie. He knew before we even cast the movie. I think he’s been method acting Trump too much and he doesn’t know the difference between fake news anymore." Another producer of the film, Evan Astrowsky, echoed, "What Alec says happened is not accurate. I completely corroborate that. We were on set every day. The thing that Alec must remember is that Mini, played by Nikki, is a sophomore in high school. I don’t know what else to say, except Alec, watch the movie. As for yelling at us after the movie, it absolutely never happened."
"It’s a lie. Of course he totally knew how old she was."
"Mini's First Time" director Dana Brunetti
Director Nick Guthe agreed: “We all knew she was 16. When we discussed it at first, it was a question of meeting with her and making sure she was mature enough to handle the role. On the set, Nikki, being 16, would often speak quickly the way teenagers do, and Alec asked me about that at times because he had trouble understanding her, and I would remind him, ‘She’s 16.’”