James Naughton denies he went off script for ‘gross’ moment with Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear claims that she had a “gross” encounter with James Naughton while filming the 1996 movie “The First Wives Club;” however, the actor says he was only following the script.
“There was a couple of scenes that they [cut me out of] and then the only scene [I ended up in] had no lines,” she recently said on the podcast, “Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald.” “And one of the actors [Naughton, who played her husband], we were at a funeral, and he was supposed to take his hand and touch my breast.”
Locklear, 58, felt that Naughton took things too far.
“He actually touched more … Gross,” she said. “So I said, ‘Can you just take my name off the credits since now I don’t have any lines?’ So it was creditless.”
She described the moment, saying that instead of grabbing her breast, he “actually outlines my areola with his finger.” She added that the script did not direct Naughton to do so.
“I was like [gasps] and I’m so glad they’re following his hand down [with the camera] because my face, my mouth is fallen open and I can’t believe it and don’t do it again. One take and let’s go.”
But Naughton, 74, has since refuted Locklear’s claim, saying that he was indeed following the script.
“James remembers shooting this scene as written in the script,” his spokesperson told Yahoo Entertainment. “He completely understands that Heather would have felt uncomfortable shooting this scene, as he felt uncomfortable as well.”
His rep then shared with the site a page of the movie script dated Dec. 9, 1995, which stated, “Despite the grave facade, we see that Gil is subtly using his finger to feel Mary’s breast. Mary smiles at him shyly.”
Their reps did not immediately return our request for comment.