‘One Tree Hill’s Craig Sheffer on Mark Schwahn Writing Him Off – What We Know!

“One Tree Hill” followers have been fully shocked 16 years in the past when the beloved Uncle Keith, performed by Craig Sheffer, was shot and killed by his brother, Dan (Paul Johansson), on the WB present. Sheffer, nevertheless, was the one fully blindsided, he revealed throughout a brand new interview on the “Drama Queens” podcast.

“It was truly actually, extraordinarily disappointing as a result of I had simply made a film and financed it myself for, like, one million {dollars},” he shared with hosts Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Pleasure Lenz on the Monday, April 4, episode, noting that creator Mark Schwahn had a dialogue with him after Season 2.

“As a result of that they had let me go for the final six reveals the season earlier than, I used to be like, ‘Are you going to chop me?’ He got here to dinner to inform me. He’s like, ‘No, no, no. So long as the present runs, you’re gonna be on it. You’re the character I primarily based on my brother,’” Sheffer mentioned.

Forward of Season 3, Sheffer’s co-stars have been about to depart to begin filming and he nonetheless hadn’t heard from Schwahn. He was {golfing} when he received the decision.

“He goes, ‘I’ve received some actually thrilling information for you. It’s gonna be the very best season ever.’ I used to be like, ‘Yeah, I used to be questioning if you have been gonna [call]. I didn’t even get a name, so I didn’t know what was happening. I had my agent name yesterday and no one returned his name,’” he defined. “He goes, ‘Yeah, so excellent news and unhealthy information.’ Tells me all about this great point, [and says,] ‘After which Paul shoots you.’ I am going, ‘OK, so I’m lifeless? Does that imply I don’t receives a commission anymore?’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’ I used to be like, ‘Dude, you informed me.’ Not solely was it tacky, however the way in which it was dealt with. You don’t name me and discuss to me about it?”

Sheffer went on to say that his then 10-year-old daughter was with him on set so much for the primary three years and he requested for each different Friday off to fly dwelling. “They have been simply such …” he mentioned, drifting off to edit himself. Bush, Burton and Lenz then let him know he might say no matter he needed.

“We do know that manufacturing schedules can get loopy however for easy issues, it was so about management,” Sheffer mentioned. “I confirmed up as this character. I had a teeny little bit of facial hair, I wore my boots outdoors my pants like I at all times did. Step by step, Mark Schwahn … they threatened to fireside me about my boots. I’m like, ‘Look, I simply don’t wish to go away my boots in my pants. I put on my bandana, I’ve been doing it for the primary three-four weeks.’ [They said,] ‘We don’t need that anymore. We wish your hair combed again, we wish you shaved, we wish this.’ It received to a degree the place they’re calling my agent like, ‘If this energy wrestle goes to proceed, we’re simply going to do away with him.’ That type of stuff, they break down your soul.”

Sheffer mentioned that the “non-collaborative management” was “ridiculous” on set and requested the hosts, who additionally starred on the present, what their experiences have been like — one thing they’d encountered many occasions.

Bush, first referring to Schwahn as their “Voldemort,” then informed a narrative about reducing her bangs in between seasons.

“Mark misplaced his thoughts on me,” she recalled. “You understand what he mentioned to me? A grown man who was my boss. I used to be 22, 23. He goes, ‘Who the fuck informed you you can minimize bangs? You understand who had bangs? All of the fucking cheerleaders in highschool who by no means needed to have intercourse with me.’ I used to be like, ‘What’s taking place?’ Craig, it was so controlling and gross and misogynistic and creepy for us. He’d yell at Hilarie and I if we put our hair in ponytails throughout cheer apply.”

“It’s the distinction between dialogue and order,” Bush added. “It’s management versus collaboration.”

In 2017, 5 years after “One Tree Hill” wrapped, 18 girls who labored on the present got here ahead in a letter to Selection, accusing Schwahn of sexual harassment. He was, in flip, fired from his job on “The Royals.” Schwahn by no means responded to the allegations.

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