Gene Kelly admitted to having terrorized this co-star: "Surprised that she always speaks to me."

The actor, who played in front of him in a classic musical, called him "cruel work master".


Gene Kelly Remember the moviegoers for his dance, for his choreography, and to make some of the most appreciated musicals of all time. But, while his films will put a smile on the face of anyone, what was happening behind the scenes was not as fluid and effortless as the final product seemed to be. During the making of one of his most loved and influential films,Kelly was exceptionally hard On his co-stars, including a young newcomer who had never danced before. The dance legend later said that he was surprised that the star "still spoke to him" after working together. Read the rest to discover who Kelly was referring and why their working relationship was so tense.

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Kelly played in the musical of the beloved film,Sing in the rain.

Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly in a promotional photo for
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In 1952, Kelly played inSing in the rain next toDebbie Reynolds andDonald O'Connor. The film, on the first days of Hollywood and the transition of silent films to "Talkies", was a success at the time and is now considered one of the best films in history.

As she made the film, Reynolds was only 19 years old. She had no dance experience and played alongside two professionals. In addition to that, Kelly was not only his co-star, but the co-director and choreographer of the film.

"I worked really, really hard, because I didn't dance. I was not a dancer, so I had to follow Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly, so you can imagine trying to do that,"Reynolds said At TCM Classic Film Festival 2012. "I mean, after all, Gene Kelly is one of the great dancers of all time."

Kelly made Reynolds repeat for so long that her feet bleed.

According to TCM, Reynolds had to train eight hours a day for two months even before filming. When the film started shooting, it was not easier. From the song and dance scene "Good Morning", Reynolds told TCM that at the end of the shooting, his feet bleed.

"[Kelly] pulled him as 40 times, but he printed the first catch," said Reynolds. "He was a very demanding man ... We started this number -'Hello Hello'- And it was at night when we finished. And we really finished. I had blood in my place. It was very difficult to make these figures as fast as they wanted them and as long as they wanted it again and again and again "

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She called him a "cruel workman".

Debbie Reynolds at the premiere of
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In his 2013 memories,Instinctive, Reynolds wrote on work with Kelly and there was naturally not many positive things to say about their time onSing in the rain.

As indicated byCountry living,,She called him A "cruel Taskmaster" and wrote ", he came to rehearsals and criticized everything I did and never gave me a word of encouragement."

The biographyHe has rhythm: the life and career of Gene Kelly byCynthia and Sara Brideson, also talks aboutKelly being hard on other actors and have a temperament. "Throughout his career, the gene pushed people to their limit. That he did this by need to exercise power or test the character of a person is questionable," wrote the authorsExpress.

Reynolds also felt violated during a love scene.

Debbie Reynolds on the set of
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It was not only Kelly's staging that was a problem. During a scene in which the two actors had to kiss, Reynolds wrote that he had "pushed his tongue into his throat" without warning.AE0FCC31AE342FD3A1346EBB1F342FCB

"'Eeew! What was it?' I shouted, freeing myself from its reach and spitting "," Reynolds wrote inInstinctive. "I ran frantic, shouting for a Coca-Cola to clean my mouth. It was the early 1950s, and I was an innocent child who had never been French. It was like an assault. I was amazed that this 39- The one year old man would do that to me. "

Kelly confirmed that he was particularly hard for Reynolds.

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Eddie Fisher at the Screen Producers Awards in 1957
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Kelly is widely quoted as once said of Reynolds: "I was not very nice to Debbie. I am surprised that she always speaks to me."

As for Reynolds, she said later about Kelly (via his New York Times necrology ), "I learned a lot from Gene. He is perfectionist and disciplinary: the most demanding director I worked for. And he has a good temperature has taken a lot of patience to work with someone who had never danced before. "

Kelly died in 1996 at 83; Reynolds went to 84 years in 2016, the day after her daughter Carrie Fisher , 60, died.


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