Richard Dreyfuss' son distances himself from latest rant, while theater director shares details

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

It might have looked as if Ben Dreyfuss, the son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, distanced himself from his father's latest controversy by light-heartedly addressing the dust-up the Oscar winner recently had at a recent "Jaws" screening.

But when he was talking about "disgusting outrageous behavior" of one of his family members, he was not in fact talking about his 76-year-old father.

The elder Dreyfuss — who starred in "Jaws" and "American Graffiti" — caused a stir at the Cabot in Beverly, Massachusetts, after allegedly ranting about women, LGBTQ+ individuals and the #MeToo movement, prompting several patrons to walk out of the theater. The incident also resulted in a formal apology from the venue that said it deeply regrets the "distress" it caused.

The younger Dreyfuss, who is a journalist and who played a younger version of his father's character in "Madoff," made light of the situation in a Monday tweet.

"Re: my father: well, now you know why I refused to give him the password to his own twitter account for a decade lol" he wrote on X, formerly Twitter. "This will be my only statement on the matter. thank you."

But it wasn't. As media picked up the his apparent reaction, Ben Dreyfuss clarified that a prior tweet he sent about the "disgusting outrageous behavior" of one of his relatives was misconstrued. Ben Dreyfuss said he was simply quipping about the fact that his sister now uses an Android phone.


"This @DailyMail article mischaracterizes this thread," he added in a follow-up tweet. "I am obviously not a left-wing activist and the 'joke' wasn't the part about his twitter account, it was the part about the disgusting outrageous behavior (of my sister adopting android)."

"I did not call my dad's behavior 'disgusting' or 'outrageous' since I wasn't there and didn't see it!" he continued. "My dad and I disagree about lots of stuff. But it's a free country. People are allowed to have different opinions about stuff."

His father's opinions — purportedly made before a screening of "Jaws" on Saturday — certainly clashed with several patrons of the 850-seat Cabot theater. According to the venue's executive director, J. Casey Soward, an estimated 125 people left the sold-out event and he encountered many who were "really distraught" about Dreyfuss' behavior and comments.

In a YouTube video that appears to be from the event, Dreyfuss danced onto the stage wearing a dress over his button-up shirt while Taylor Swift's "Love Story" played. Two stagehands came onstage and removed the dress as Dreyfuss mimicked a striptease before putting on a blazer and taking his seat ahead of the screening. It's unclear why the actor made such an entrance; representatives for Dreyfuss could not immediately be reached for comment.


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