Film Critic Slugged At Press Screening
The odd thing was, it wasn’t an angry director, producer or actor.
Stephen Whitty, film critic for the Newark-based Star-Ledger, was watching “Are You Here,” a new film by “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, when “this complete stranger — someone’s guest — sat down next to me,” he said. “Ten or 15 minutes after the movie started, she turned her head and started staring at me. I glanced over — she kept staring.”
The scene, like something from a psychological thriller, continued when “a few minutes later, I realized she was still staring at me,” Whitty added. “She said, a little angrily, something like, ‘What are you even doing here, anyway?’ and punched me in the face.”…
After getting cold-cocked, a stunned Whitty exclaimed, “What the…” But the man with the alleged attacker, “said by way of explanation, “She just woke up.’ ”