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Disgraced Hollywood film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein cut short the Oscar sensation Good Will Hunting’s theatrical release in 1997 to spoil Robin WIlliams’ career, according to executive producer Kevin Smith.
Smith, 51, revealed in his new book ‘Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash’ that Weinstein pulled the independent film from theaters just as it was gaining buzz at the Oscars because Williams brokered a deal he would rake in more profits. if the film grossed more than $ 100 million.
The actor and film producer alleged that Weinstein’s production company, Miramax, should have shared the profits of the 1997 hit with Williams, and Weinstein therefore blocked the film from showing in theaters to retain the lion’s share of box office receipts.
Good Will Hunting nonetheless generated $ 225 million in gross revenue on its first theatrical release, 25 times the paltry budget of $ 10 million.
Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor while Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won the Academy for Best Original Screenplay.
Weinstein, meanwhile, was convicted of multiple sex offenses last year and sentenced to 23 years in prison after scores of women, including several prominent actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Rose McGowen accused him. sexual abuse and harassment.
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Actor and producer Kevin Smith last month published a book called “Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash” in which he claimed disgraced producer and sex offender Harvey Weinstein tried to disrupt Robin Williams’ career by cutting his profits from Good Will Hunting.
Harvey Weinstein, founder of production company Miramax, is said to have halted filming of Good Will Hunting in an attempt to prevent it from generating more than $ 100 million in revenue. Smith claimed Robin Williams negotiated a deal whereby he would receive a larger chunk of the profits if the film passed the $ 100 million mark. Weinstein has since been sentenced to 23 years in prison for several sexual offenses.
Pictured: Robin Williams (left) and Matt Damon (right) as Dr Sean Maguire and Will Hunting in the 1997 indie hit Good Will Hunting, which won them both an Oscar
Good Will Hunting nonetheless generated $ 225 million in gross revenue at its home theater, 25 times the paltry budget of $ 10 million. Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (pictured) while Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won the Academy for Best Original Screenplay.
Good Will Hunting is a drama directed by Gus Van Saint in 1997 with a budget of just $ 10 million, which by Hollywood standards is incredibly small.
The independent film, whose screenplay was written by star actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, grossed more than $ 225 million at the box office, was nominated for nine Oscars and won two Oscars.
Smith, who was executive producer of Good Will Hunting and continued to produce and star in a series of films and TV shows, spoke about Weinstein’s decision to delay Robin Williams’ career and keep him from make a big profit on the film. in an interview with the Daily Beast.
‘I remember when’ Good Will Hunting ‘left theaters and it was weird because it was like’ Wait? There’s all this Oscar buzz, so why would you shoot it if it was just to make money? ” he said.
‘[Miramax and Weinstein] did so because keeping it in theaters meant more of the money would go to Robin, while at the time of the video the split wasn’t onerous for Robin. It was crippled because of greed.
Robin Williams was one of the best known and most acclaimed actors and comedians in the world before his death in 2014.
He has starred in films such as Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet’s Society, and Hook, and is widely regarded as one of the best comedians of all time, known for his incredible range of impressions, quick wit, and ability to perform. ‘improvisation.
Williams was found dead at his San Francisco home in August 2014, aged 63, and it was later revealed that he had committed suicide.
The beloved comedian and actor was known to have battled depression and also struggled with the effects of Lewy Body Dementia, a condition that causes problems with movement and control of the body as well as behavior and dementia. ‘mood.
Robin Williams waves his Oscar after winning the Best Supporting Actor category at the 70th Academy Awards (March 23, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles). Williams won for his role in Good Will Hunting as psychotherapist Dr Sean Maguire helping a struggling math genius played by Damon
The independent film, whose screenplay was written by lead actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (pictured holding their Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay in 1998), earned more than $ 225 million at the box office, has been nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two Oscars
Smith published his book “Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash” on September 14, 2021.
Designed as an autobiography to meet quiz, Smith tells the story of his journey from “convenience store employee to international cinema icon,” while revealing stories, anecdotes and anecdotes hitherto unknown on the shows. TV shows and movies he’s been involved with. .
Several of Smith’s cult films such as “Clerks”, “Chasing Amy”, “Jersey Girl” and “Dogma” were produced by Weinstein and Miramax.
Weinstein meanwhile co-founded production company Miramax with his brother Bob in 1979, which went on to produce a litany of films including seven that grossed over $ 100 million at the box office such as Good Will Hunting and Chicago.
Weinstein was kicked out of the company in October 2017 when several women accused him of sexual abuse and harassment dating back to the 1970s.
As of October 31, 2017, more than 80 women had filed allegations of sexual abuse against Weinstein, which sparked a three-year legal process and also gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which a large number of women, several of whom profiled celebrities, shared their own experiences of sexual assault, harassment or rape on social media.
Weinstein was convicted of multiple sex offenses last year and sentenced to 23 years in prison, and his earliest possible release date is Nov. 9, 2039, according to Reuters.
Weinstein, the co-founder of film production company Miramax, was convicted last year of several sexual offenses and sentenced to 23 years in prison after dozens of women, including several prominent actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Rose McGowen accused him of sexual abuse and harassment