The Film ‘May December’ About Mary Kay Letourneau ‘Offended’ Vili Fualaau: Know More Here

The now-40-year-old Vili Fualaau, whose post-conviction marriage to his sixth-grade teacher and illicit relationship made headlines across the world, claimed he is “offended” by the popular Netflix film based on the ’90s controversy.

The Film 'May December' About Mary Kay Letourneau 'Offended' Vili Fualaau: Know More Here

The Mary Kay Letourneau case served as inspiration for “May December” writer Samy Burch, even though the film deviates from the real-life story by having the couple meet in a pet store instead of a school, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

When Letourneau, then 34, became pregnant with Fualaau’s child, who was 12 years old, she was first sentenced to six months on two counts of second-degree child rape.

After entering a guilty plea and awaiting sentencing, she would give birth to their first child, then after serving a reduced three-month sentence, she would conceive their second child while disobeying the conditions of her post-release supervision. Letourneau gave birth to their second daughter while serving a further seven-year sentence at the Washington Corrections Centre for Women. After being released from prison in 2004, the couple were married.

The Hollywood Reporter was informed by Fualaau, who remarried after Letourneau passed away from cancer in 2020 and divorced her in 2015, that the film could have been “a masterpiece” if the filmmakers had contacted him first.

“I’m still alive and well,” Fualaau told the outlet. “If they had reached out to me, we could have worked together… Instead, they chose to do a ripoff of my original story.”

Fualaau would have happily worked with filmmakers and is still a resident of the Seattle area, where he and Letourneau made their home following their highly publicised wedding, the site reported.

“I’m offended by the entire project and the lack of respect given to me – who lived through a real story and is still living it,” he added.

After Letourneau’s death, he was able to remain out of the spotlight and hide the identity of his new partner. Fualaau, who is 40 years old, will become a grandfather when his second daughter, who is now 24 and was raised by the troubled teacher, revealed her pregnancy last year.

Fualaau emphasised that he had nothing against the idea of a movie based on his incredible tale. However, he claimed that “May December’s” depiction was much more “simple” than his actual circumstances.

“I love movies – good movies… I admire ones that capture the essence and complications of real-life events. You know, movies that allow you to see or realize something new every time you watch them,” he told the outlet. “Those kinds of writers and directors – someone who can do that – would be perfect to work with.”

While Letourneau’s case has been openly identified by Burch as the inspiration, Julianne Moore, who portrayed the film’s major role based on the notorious sex offender, emphasised during a November premiere that the film was “not the story of Mary Kay Letourneau.”

The Hollywood Reporter claims that director Todd Haynes stated at the same event that there were “times when it became very, very helpful to get very specific about the research, and we learned things from that relationship.”

Television has previously appropriated Fualaau’s story, with the USA Network airing “All American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story.”

After successfully defending the Des Moines Police Department and the Highline School District against a lawsuit brought by Fualaau’s family in 2002, Anne Bremner, a Seattle-based attorney who became friends with Letourneau, told Fox News Digital that “May December” captured the subtleties of the couple’s relationship long before Fualaau voiced her opposition to the adaptation:

“Watching that movie, I thought it did well, about the dynamics and the angst Vili and Mary felt about this,” she told Fox News Digital last month. “They had some things in there that were straight out of my case – the pink lipstick, the blush, that [Fualaau is] the seducer. [Fualaau] is so well played by Charles Milton, some people say he should get an Oscar. He’s a child raising children.”

As the couple’s connection was examined in court, Bremner recounted, the question of who was the “pursuer” in the illicit school romance came up again and time again.

Host Matt Doran repeatedly questioned Fualaau about “who [was] the boss” during their early romance in a 2018 interview that was recorded for Channel Seven’s “Sunday Night in Australia,” some months before to the couple’s formal separation.

The interview served as the basis for one of the most terrifying sequences in the movie, as Moore’s character keeps asking Melton, “Who was the boss? “Who was in command?”

Afterwards, Moore is confronted by Melton’s character with the true cause of their relationship’s start.

We were unable to immediately get in touch with Netflix, Burch, Moore, Haynes, and Fualaau for comment.

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