Franco grovels to Driver over ‘misunderstanding’

By Lily Morris

Lídia Franco has backtracked fast over her claims that Adam Driver had assaulted her on a movie set.

Just days after speaking out about him on Rádio Comercial’s podcast Era o que Faltava, the Portuguese actress has made a public apology to him about remarks she made about working with him on the 2018 film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

In the podcast, Franco said of Driver: “He can be an extraordinary actor but he’s a horrible person and he doesn’t deserve to have me talk about him.”

“He assaulted me,” she said. “It was a disguised assault with a chair.”

But now she has issued a “clarification”, saying that Driver was never deliberately aggressive or physical with her. “I considered the actor’s behaviour to be rude because he didn’t take the care I believe he should have taken. Every time he stood up with the force of the character to do the rest of the scene, the chair in which he was sitting would bump into me with some force, which bothered me.”

“It wasn’t assault,” she went on, “nor did I ever feel or report that it was the intention of the actor. I am sorry for the misunderstanding.”

Although Driver did not publicly comment on Franco’s allegation or apology, fans were nevertheless relieved to hear that the problem was simply a misunderstanding. With the drama resolved, fans can now focus on looking forward to Driver’s upcoming Ridley Scott projects The Last Duel (alongside Jodie Comer and Matt Damon) and Gucci (with Lady Gaga and Robert De Niro).