Actor Alec Baldwin and producer Dana Brunetti engaged in a ferocious Twitter feud Wednesday — complete with name-calling and chest-thumping — after Brunetti disputed Baldwin’s claim in a new memoir that he was misled about a teen costar’s age while making the 2006 indie film Mini’s First Time.
In one particularly heated exchange, Brunetti pledged to “bury” Baldwin if he didn’t relent, only for Baldwin to fire back, “You’re already buried.”
In the film, Baldwin portrayed a man having an affair with his stepdaughter, played by Nikki Reed, then 16. According to his book Nevertheless, published Tuesday, Baldwin learned that Reed was underage toward the end of filming and “flipped out on the producers,” who had told him otherwise.
Brunetti, one of the movie’s producers, quickly challenged Baldwin’s allegations on Twitter, as well as in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
“Of course he totally knew how old she was,” Brunetti told THR. “That’s why there’s no nudity in the movie. He knew before we even cast the movie. I think he’s been method acting Trump too much and he doesn’t know difference between fake news anymore.”
Fellow Mini’s First Time producer Evan Astrowsky and director Nick Guthe also backed Brunetti’s account.
But Baldwin refused to back down and questioned Brunetti’s integrity. “And Hollywood producers like Brunetti never do anything shady or unethical?” he tweeted.
The tweet ignited a ruthless back-and-forth, with Baldwin and Brunetti arguing about SAG paperwork, insulting each other’s careers and personal lives, and issuing veiled threats. Read the full exchange below.
Baldwin’s memoir, Nevertheless, is out now.