Miriam Margolyes said that Steve Martin was "horrid" to her while filming "Little Shop of Horrors."
In her new memoir, Margolyes recalled a scene in which Martin slams a door in her face.
She said Martin was "unlovely and unapologetic" while filming the scene.
In the 1986 classic, Margolyes played a dental nurse who, in one scene, had doors slammed in her face by her boss, Orin Scrivello (Martin).
"Steve Martin was the psychopathic dentist; yes, he was undeniably brilliant, but horrid to me," Margolyes writes of the "Only Murders in the Building" star.
"During my only musical number ('Dentist!') I was hit all day by doors opening in my face; repeatedly punched, slapped, and knocked down by an unlovely and unapologetic Steve Martin – perhaps he was method acting – and came home grumpy with a splitting headache," Margolyes continues.
She adds: "Let it not be said that I have never suffered in the name of Art."
Steve Martin told Insider in a statement he was "surprised" by Margolyes' "pejorative account" of the scene.
"My memory is that we had a good communication as professional actors. But when it is implied that I harmed her or was in some way careless about doing the stunts, I have to object. I remember taking extreme caution regarding the fake punch – the same caution I would use with any similar scene. She assured me she felt fine, and we did a few successful takes and stopped. There was never any physical contact between her and me, accidental or otherwise, in this scene or any other we shot."
Martin added that the director, Frank Oz, and other crew members "witnessed the entire, very-well rehearsed scene."
Oz said: "The scene was supposed to include a fake punch. It's puzzling what she's talking about. It's not the Steve I know or anyone knows. He's always been professional and respectful of everyone on all of my shoots."
The 82-year-old actor later adds that she enjoyed working with Steve Buscemi on "Ed and his Dead Mother" a lot better.
"Steve Buscemi is a brilliant actor and we had a delightful rapport. For somebody who's being terrorized by me in the form of a murderous living corpse, he was unerringly sweet – knocked spots off Steve Martin," Margolyes writes.
In 2020, Margolyes told Wylde Magazine that "Little Shop Of Horrors" was her least favorite role.
"I had to be hit all day, and fall down all day, and I came home grumpy with a headache," she said. "So I think that's my least favorite experience, really."
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