Sarah Silverman played Kramer’s girlfriend Emily in an episode of Seinfeld (Picture: Getty Images/NBC)
Sarah Silverman has recalled a particularly intense moment that occurred between her and Michael Richards on the set of Seinfeld in the late 1990s, when the actor had a go at her for fumbling slightly over her lines.
In 1997, Sarah, 50, appeared in a season eight episode of Seinfeld titled The Money, in which she played Emily, the girlfriend of Cosmo Kramer (Michael, 71).
During the latest episode of her eponymous podcast, Sarah recollected the first scene she shot, during which she and Michael were in bed and Kramer says ‘What was that noise?’ after the character overhears noises and becomes scared.
Sarah was supposed to say ‘It’s probably the wind’ in response. However, she was ‘so nervous’ at the time that she ‘accidentally’ said, ‘It’s probably the rain,’ much to Michael’s annoyance.
‘Well, this guy Michael Richards breaks character and just starts ripping me a new a*****e,’ the School of Rock star said.
‘And he points to the window and he goes, “Do you see rain in that window? Do you see rain in that window?” and I’m like, “No,” and he’s like, “Then why did you say rain?” And I’m like, “It was a mistake,” and he’s like, “Yeah, it’s not rain. There’s no rain in that window! The line is wind.”
Richards portrayed Kramer throughout the sitcom’s nine-year run (Photo By Getty Images)
Sarah said that while the exchange left her with a ‘lump in my throat’ she ‘just had to get through it’.
However, after she ‘processed it overnight’, she felt more angry about how she had been spoken to.
‘I was just like, “F**k this guy.” Nobody calls him on s**t ‘cause he’s Kramer from Seinfeld,’ she stated.
The next day, while everything was being set up for a scene in Monk’s Café, Sarah said that Michael was trying to make small talk with her, discussing where he was considering buying a new house.
‘Finally I just cut him off and I go, “I don’t give a f**k!”’ Sarah said, adding that her statement left her co-star ‘stunned’ and resulted in him ‘snapping out of it a little’.
Sarah says she and Michael later became ‘casually friendly’ (Picture: Venturelli/Getty Images)
‘I think what I was saying was, you don’t talk to people like that and then act like nothing happened. I’m not going to be one of those people that joins in and acts like nothing happened,’ she explained.
‘That was s****y behaviour. And I’ll give him credit, he took it.’
After Sarah stood up to Michael the pair became ‘casually friendly’, with him sometimes calling her up for advice on whether he should return to stand-up comedy.
Describing Michael as a ‘famously odd guy’ and ‘very talented’, Sarah admitted that in hindsight, their interaction would have probably played out a little differently had it occurred today.
‘I was glad I said that, even though today I probably would’ve said something a little more mindful and less passive aggressive. He did take it,’ she said.
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