Gwyneth Paltrow accused Harvey Weinstein of being a "bully" and criticized him for attempting to embody Ben Affleck as his lead role in "Shakespeare in Love" – and the disgraced producer has returned fire.
"It was a bully," Paltrow told Variety in an interview published Tuesday. "I have never had a problem with it. I was not afraid of him. For a while, I also felt that I was the face of the Miramax consumer and felt it was my job to push him away. We had a lot of fights. "
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Calling Weinstein a "very difficult boss" with whom she had a "difficult relationship", the actress of "Avengers: Endgame" admitted: "We were going to fight in tramping fights, I remember. once, my mother [Blythe Danner] went into a room, and I shouted something to him. She said to herself, "Who was it on the phone?" Paltrow said. When she told Danner, her mother said, "Oh, my God, good for you. Get up for yourself.
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Regarding their fight, Paltrow, 46, alleged to Variety that Weinstein "refused" to pay him the back-end of "Emma". After pushing back to get her money, she says, "I asked him to pay me something. I remember that I received this legal letter saying, "It's not a recognition that we owe you this money, but here's a check."
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Paltrow also claimed in the film that she had made an essay with Joseph Fiennes for "Shakespeare in Love" with Fiennes as Bard – but that she had to rebuff against Weinstein, who she said wanted Ben Affleck after success of "Good Will". Hunt."
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"At the last minute, Harvey wanted Ben Affleck to take over and play Shakespeare," she recalls. "I said," No, you can not do that. You must have an English person.
Affleck was eventually performed in a smaller role and Fiennes in the role of William Shakespeare.
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Weinstein denied the casting's claims, saying to Variety: "Gwyneth Paltrow is an excellent actor and a fantastic person, who is doing so well on the right project. The only other contenders for Will Shakespeare were Russell Crowe and Ethan Hawke, no one else. Ben Affleck did a great job as Ned Alleyn, who is the role for which he was considered. "
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Paltrow had previously accused Weinstein of sexual harassment in a bombshell reported in October 2017 by The New York Times, alleging that he had put her in a hotel room and had requested a massage. Weinstein denied any non-consensual sex.