"W.E." de Madonna en crise: l'équipe part, le budget et le moral sombrent.
Madonna's on-set antics put her movie in crisis
By Dean Piper on August 15, 2010 10:39 AM in My Sunday Mirror Column
She's 52 tomorrow, but don't expect them to be popping champagne corks on the set of Madonna's new film.
I hear the birthday girl has had more than a few problems during filming of her second directorial effort W.E., the story of how King Edward VIII gave up his throne for American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
According to on-set sources, the shoot is "in crisis" with staff quitting, budgets spiralling and morale sinking faster than Madge's face fillers.
There is talk of the queen of pop flying off the handle after a priceless bracelet which was to be used in a scene was lost. Another row was triggered over the type of champagne glasses chosen by the props department, with Madonna, right, booming: "Whose fault is this?" The wannabe Martin Scorcese has also clashed with location scouts over venues picked for filming and other decisions not made by her.
My man tells me: "Madonna knows what she wants. The problem is, she is such a perfectionist she doesn't always know how to treat people to get the best out of them.
"From Day One she has not got on with the crew very well, and there are only a few people she deems important enough to speak to directly. The rest just have to feel her wrath.
"To give her credit, she is very driven and hugely hard-working. The problem is she finds it impossible to delegate responsibility.
"Her view is: 'If you want a job done properly, do it yourself.' Nothing else ever comes up to scratch and leads to a huge screaming session. But these are hard-working people who are doing their best. They deserve to be treated with a bit of respect." The situation is so bad that several have already walked off the project, which began filming in July. Producer David Parfitt and casting boss Nina Gold had earlier left the production, which is being filmed in London and Paris, blaming "creative differences".
Madonna also wanted Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor for the lead role, but that has now been taken by James Fox.
On-set sources claim two exhausted crew members had to take time off suffering from stress. It comes in the wake of claims the singer took three hours to film a 10 second scene with star Abbie Cornish.
Last night Madge was due to host a lavish birthday party for herself at London's trendy Shoreditch House. A few hand-picked crew members were invited to clink glasses with the boss at the east London nightspot. Hope she checked it was champagne she was swigging and not arsenic...
Source: Sunday Mirror.
Madonna at her Birthday Party at Shoreditch House - London, August 14, 2010