The New York Post reports that all grown up Thora Birch, from movies such as “American Beauty” and my favorite, “Ghost World,” is filming “The Winter of Frozen Dreams” in Schenectady with her manager-dad ever present. The issue is that her dad, Jack Birch, who interestingly enough met her mom, Carol Connors, on the set of “Deep Throat” demanded to be present during her simulated sex scenes with Dean Winters. Typically, industry practices state that sex scenes are done on a closed set. From the Post:
“It was so wrong,” said one insider. “The director is saying, ‘Harder! Faster!’ and the father is giving Winters the thumbs up.”
Jack Birch was on the set every day giving orders - even telling director Eric Mandelbaum where to place his camera so that Thora would look her best.
Mandelbaum was about to shoot the first sex scene Monday when, “all of a sudden, the front door is being kicked in. Her father was threatening to kill the assistant directors. Then he threatens to pull her from the movie with three days of shooting left.”
Making matters worse, a problem with the focus on the camera necessitated 14 takes.
“It was the most bizarre, perverse scene,” said our witness. “One girl on the crew broke down crying.”
Fire him, Thora! You’re 25 years old. Time to get a real manager.
by Jenny March 27th, 2007 in News.