Ellen Barkin Tweets "Never Get Into an Elevator Alone" With Terry Gilliam

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The actress posted the cryptic tweet one day after the director compared the #MeToo movement to "mob rule."

Ellen Barkin has some advice for her Twitter followers: Don't get into a lift with director Terry Gilliam.

The Animal Kingdom actress on Saturday posted on Twitter: "My hard won advice: never get into an elevator alone with terry gilliam." When a follower posted a GIF of a person looking concerned and creeped out, Barkin responded, "you got it, my friend."

The remark comes one day after The Brothers Grimm director told AFP that he thought the #MeToo movement, which has seen many women come out with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against men in Hollywood, had become "silly." 

"It's crazy how simplified things are becoming. There is no intelligence anymore and people seem to be frightened to say what they really think. Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low," the filmmaker told the publication. "It's like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein's castle."

While Gilliam did say that Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of harassment and abuse by over 60 women since the #MeToo movement began, was a "monster," he added, "I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn't. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition." 

Gilliam also said that he felt sorry for Matt Damon, who faced criticism when he said people needed to recognize a "spectrum of behavior" regarding sexual misconduct in an interview in December. "He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!" said the director.

In response to a story aggregating Gilliam's comments on Friday, Barkin posted: "This interview turns my stomach. terry gilliam is the last man to admonish a movement that is trying to protect women from abusive men. #MeToo."

When a commenter wrote that Gilliam sounded "nervous," Barkin responded, "he should be." 

Barkin and Gilliam worked together on the 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo-journalism classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in which Barkin played a waitress at the North Star Cafe.

Barkin has spoken out in response to Gilliam's comments on the #MeToo movement before: In January, she responded to a story in The New York Times about Gilliam with the note, "Oh terry gilliam, why couldn’t you keep your mouth shut and stay gone...#1NiteInLa #MeeToo #TIMESUP." She added: "unfortunately i don’t have the skills to separate a fawning article about a “super cool” director from his actions. #TIMESUP #MeToo."

Read Barkin's latest tweets below.