While Shelley Duvall has been out of the limelight for some time — the actress retired in 2002 — news broke on Wednesday that she would be joining Dr. Phil for an interview to discuss her mental illness. A promotional clip for the interview shows Duvall, best known for starring opposite Jack Nicholson in The Shining, claiming that Robin Williams is still alive and expressing various forms of paranoia and delusion.
Vivian Kubrick, the daughter of The Shining director Stanley Kubrick, took to Twitter Wednesday to speak out against the interview. Kubrick claims that Dr. Phil is exploiting Duvall for entertainment value. She also calls for a boycott of the episode.
Kubrick isn't the only public figure to express disgust over Dr. Phil bringing Shelley Duvall into the spotlight for such issues. Comedian Patton Oswalt and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich have also tweeted in response to the interview.
The clip for the Dr. Phil interview, which airs Friday, begins with a voiceover that states, "from red carpet to near recluse" and shows an image of Duvall at the height of her career alongside one of her today. It is interesting to note that she mostly just looks older, but it is set up as an upsetting contrast, one that presents the former actress in a clearly vulnerable position.