Actress Minnie Driver recalled her treatment on the set of the 1998 film Hard Rain (Photo: Rex)

Minnie Driver said she wasn't allowed to wear a wetsuit while filming the 1998 film Hard Rain because producers “wanted to see my nipples.”

The Hollywood star appeared as Karen in the heist film, also starring Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman, which is set during catastrophic flooding caused by a huge storm.

However, the Good Will Hunting actress claims she didn't have the same comfort as her male co-stars when making the film and was given a wetsuit underneath her costume.

Recalling filming Hard Rain in the 1990s, she revealed that the actors were “in 20 million gallons of water.”

“There were huge rain machines. We filmed crazy hours. It was difficult – it was a difficult film – but everyone could wear a wetsuit under their costume.

'And the producers told me I couldn't because they wanted to see my nipples, and that there was no point in having a wet t-shirt if you couldn't have what was underneath it.'

Discussing your experience at I weigh in with Jameela Jamil podcast, she added: “It was said very clearly, like 'You're an idiot if you don't understand that this is what's happening' and I remember saying that's wrong, I remember calling my agent.”

However, Driver stated that there were consequences for her speaking out and that she was “punished a lot for it.”

She also claimed that “people wouldn't talk to me on set” and that it was leaked to the press that she had protested “but it was like there was nothing to complain about and I was just complaining.”

Minnie Driver in the heavy rain

Driver claimed she was 'punished' for complaining when producers didn't give her a wetsuit like her co-stars (Photo: Richard Jr Foreman/Mutual/Polygram/Kobal/Shutterstock)
The star said it became clear to her 'there was no point in having a wet t-shirt if you couldn't have what was underneath' (Photo: Getty)

'So it's this kind of enlightenment – not even existential – of this gaslighting, gaslighting of the media, which is supported by the environment you're in. And so you have to stay in that environment, you know, we shot that movie for seven months,” she recalled.

The Oscar nominee added that this meant she eventually “turned” on herself for speaking out.

“And that comes in and changes the way you see yourself and your natural inclination to raise your hand and say 'That's not right.'”

Upon release, Hard Rain, directed by Mikael Salomon, written by Speed's Graham Yost and co-produced by star Slater, was not a critical or commercial success.

It grossed $19.9 million on a $70 million budget upon its US release, leading to subsequent direct-to-video releases in other countries.

Minnie Driver and Randy Quaid in Heavy Rain.

Hard Rain failed at launch, but later gained popularity through rentals (Photo: Everett/Shutterstock)

On review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, it is rated rotten at 34% and dubbed “an implausible heist film steeped in disaster movie trappings.”

Later, Hard Rain found more followers thanks to the video rental market.

Metroco.uk has contacted representatives for producers Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn, and co-producer Christian Slater, for comment.

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