The medical series “Grey’s Anatomy” hosted Denzel Washington behind the camera for one episode. However, the experience of the star did not go perfectly since a big quarrel took place with Ellen Pompeo on the set.
Grey’s Anatomy : an episode was directed by Denzel Washington
Like many of its counterparts, Denzel Washington wanted to move on to directing. He signed his first essay in the early 2000s with Antwone Fisher. Almost 15 years later, he found himself working for the small screen, directing an episode of the famous series. Grey’s Anatomy. The show is in its season 12 at this point, and it’s up to him to wrap up episode 9, A deafening silence.
The storyline follows Meredith as she is attacked by a patient and ends up in critical condition. All of the Gray Sloan Memorial caregivers are mobilizing to try to save this important figure in the establishment. An episode that marked the fans and whose filming caused great tension on the set. Ellen Pompeo, the actress who lends her features to Meredith Gray, revealed in the podcast Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo thatshe clashed violently with Denzel Washington.
Tensions but respect despite everything
The actor / director did not appreciate that the star of Grey’s Anatomy allows himself to improvise. He then made her understand that it was he who was in command and that everyone should follow his instructions. Elle Pompeo didn’t disassemble and drew a scathing response:
I said to him: “listen to me c ******, this is my series, this is my shoot. Who are you talking to?”
A response that she could afford because she operates as a producer on Grey’s Anatomy. In the United States in particular, we do not joke with those who produce. She had the power, if she wished, to get the director fired because of this incident. This did not take place and it also tempers the violence of the anecdote by specifying that Denzel Washington is someone from “passionate“ and that she admires who he is. This hitch reminds us that the position of a director on a series does not offer the same freedoms as in the cinema and that there is sometimes a very limited space to fully express a singularity.