You might think that a person released on bail amid rape charges would take some time to think about his life and his choices, but if there was a striking example of grotesque judgment, it would be Harvey Weinstein. .
20 years after her Oscar for best actress for Shakespeare in love, Gwyneth Paltrow sits with Variety to discuss this moment has profoundly marked his life forever. She mentioned in passing that Weinstein originally wanted Ben Affleck to assume the role of Shakespeare, but was reconsidered after Paltrow insisted that the role remain with a British actor.
After two decades, such detail would be relegated to trivial issue just minutes after reading. Yet Weinstein was so amazed that Paltrow highlighted one of his most egregious missteps to deny something that was of little interest to many.
"The only other contenders for Will Shakespeare's role were Russell Crowe and Ethan Hawke, no one else," Weinstein's representative said in an official statement. "Ben Affleck did a fantastic job as Ned Alleyn, that's the role for which he was thought."
Instead of leaving her there, Judge Engelmayer, Weinstein's representative, decided to throw a little more gas on the dumpster's fire by sending a follow-up message to Variety.
"Just to ask – why do not you ask for anything here," he asked. "If someone is a draw, a good agency and a good actor will be chosen for a role – putting a person on a blacklist is only a bullshit idea that makes it possible to beat the drum against Weinstein. "
Now that they've managed to get that out of their system, Weinstein and his team may be able to focus on more important issues, such as his June sexual assault trial.[Via Vulture]