Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson was reportedly banned from promoting her new comedy Ask Me Anything by the folks at Disney.
Although the aforementioned indie outing officially wrapped a while ago, Ask Me Anything — which also stars Martin Sheen, Justin Long, and Christian Slater — is finally getting a proper release. Unfortunately for writer/director Allison Burnett, Britt Robertson wasn’t available to help spread the word about the flick.
According to Page Six, Robertson appears alongside George Clooney in the upcoming Disney film Tomorrowland. Since the studio doesn’t want the star of their family-friendly outing associated with a racy indie comedy, word on the street suggests that Disney banned her from promoting the movie.
Burnett told the New York Post that Britt Robertson essentially vanished off the face of the earth when the time came to promote the comedy. Although the filmmaker reached out to the actress and her people, her attempts were reportedly met with absolute silence.
“Britt’s reps didn’t answer calls or e-mails. She’s gone AWOL and won’t return e-mails from me or the producers,” Burnett explained.
Fox News points out that the Ask Me Anything director believes other nefarious forces are also preventing Robertson from promoting the comedy. Since the actress appears in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks opus The Longest Ride, Burnett believes producers may have prevented Britt from discussing her raunchy drama with the press.
Despite Disney’s attempt to rain on her parade, Burnett insists that Robertson is quite happy with the work she did in the film.
“[W]hen the movie was finished, she wrote to me and said she’d never been more proud of anything in her career and she’d do anything to help promote it.”
Before you start shaking your angry fist in Disney’s general direction, Britt Robertson’s people have issued their own statement about the Ask Me Anything controversy. Not surprisingly, the actress’ reps claim that the story is a total fabrication. In short: Burnett is making the whole thing up as she goes along.
“[This story is] 100 percent false. I only got one phone call from a movie rep asking where her next movie was shooting. I never got any e-mails after that. No one for Fox or Disney asked me to not do press on any other movie.”
If you haven’t heard of Ask Me Anything. and you flat-out refused to watch the trailer embedded above, then check out this synopsis.
“Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt takes a year off before college to find herself, all the while chronicling her adventures in an anonymous blog into which she pours her innermost secrets. Eventually, Katie’s fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge.”
Do you think Disney prevented Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson from promoting her indie drama Ask Me Anything? Is this possibly nothing more than a publicity stunt to generate interest in Allison Burnett’s movie?
[Lead image via The Daily Gator]