Actor Michael K. Williams challenged his Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson during a recent press conference, revealing he was convinced the filmmaker was not a fan of his throughout the shoot.

The Wire star was asked what it was like to work with the Boogie Nights director and he confessed he felt under-appreciated on the set.

The actor said, "I didn't think Paul liked me... I came into the project a huge fan of co-star Joaquin (Phoenix) and Paul. I think I hadn't slept in 48 hours; I came from a job to this film. The process was different.

"Most of my credits are on television, where it's about time, time, time and in this situation you get to sit down and talk about it. I'm like, 'Really?' Joaquin was so generous and I came in very intimidated."

He then turned to face his director and added, "To be put in a situation that was so foreign to me, I didn't think you liked me! Although the process was new for me I knew that I was safe and in good hands and to trust. I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to do that."

Anderson joked, "I didn't like you", before adding, "No, that makes me feel terrible."