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Director Alek Keshishian Reveals Brittany Murphy & Selena Gomez Endured Similar Struggles: 'I Could Sense The Wheels Coming Off'

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Dec. 17 2022, Published 12:00 a.m. ET

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Director Alek Keshishian is reflecting on his experience working with both Selena Gomez and late actress Brittany Murphy, noting he witnessed them go through some of the same struggles.

In a new interview, he said Love and Other Disasters star Murphy was "an amazing light, but she had a lot of demons."

Though the filmmaker was having a ball making the 2006 flick, he admitted the set was also "troubled because I had a troubled actress in the lead."

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"I was protective of her," he added. "I considered shutting down the movie, but that would have put 70 crew members out of work. So we carried on. ... I think that affected me."

The blonde beauty was just 32 when she suddenly died on December 20 in 2009. The tragedy shocked and confused the masses, as a coroner stated she passed due to untreated pneumonia, which worsened from anemia and drug intoxication. The drugs in her system were all prescribed or over-the-counter medications.

Some believed her husband at the time, Simon Monjack, prevented her from seeing a doctor in time. Monjack died of eerily similar causes in 2020.

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Keshishian, 58, is the man behind Selena Gomez's recently released Apple TV doc, Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me, and he expressed that the reason he stopped filming the Disney Channel alum at one point was because he recognized that just like Murphy, the singer-actress, 30, was going through hardships.

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"I could sense the wheels were coming off," he recalled. "I saw this girl going through a lot of pain. It felt exploitative for me to have cameras while she's in the thick of it."

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"In 2016, I was like, 'This isn't right — I don't want to film this.' Selena needed to live through that and hopefully get better and figure it all out," he spilled. "If I was still 24, I probably wouldn't have stopped. I would have been, like, 'Oh, this fascinates me, let's just keep rolling.' But I do hope that I've gotten wiser with age. I hope I've gotten more compassionate."

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The Independent conducted the interview with Keshishian.

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