Welles’ oldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, attended the New York premiere of the Richard Linklater movie earlier this month (Nov09), and she’s outraged her father has been painted as a dictatorial director and womaniser who cheated on her pregnant mother.
She tells the New York Daily News, “That’s not my father – it’s a distortion. They took all the negative things and fashioned a character that’s a caricature. It’s laughable.”
And she’s upset with Christian McKay’s portrayal of Welles in the film, insisting her father would never be as bullish to a fellow actor as McKay’s Welles is to Zac Efron in the film, which also stars Claire Danes.
Welles Feder adds, “It’s inconceivable my father would ever act as he did toward Zac Efron’s character… He was known for being kind to his actors.”
Her half-sister, Beatrice, has refused to even see the film.
However, McKay has defended his portrayal of the director, responding, “I respect her opinion enormously. At the same time… if we made him more likable, we’d have taken all the drama away.”