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Back in 2018, when the numerous sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein were making headlines, Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman swooped onto Twitter with an anecdote about the time he, uh, relieved himself on his hand, and then immediately sought out the lecherous producer for a warm handshake. The viral tweet was a welcomed moment of levity and revenge during the of the #MeToo movement, and now, the actor has expanded on the infamous exchange in a lengthy interview with The Daily Beast where he explains his motivation:
I think it was around 2001, because I was making Blade II with Guillermo in Prague and had a few days off, so I ran down to the Cannes Film Festival. That’s where it happened. I never really had a relationship with Harvey but I wanted to show up to one of his charity events, and when I got on the phone with him to request a ticket, he just acted like a f*ckin’ piece-of-shit pig, like, “Who are you to ask me? Do you know who I am?” He thought I was returning the Revlon guy’s phone call [Ron Perelman], which is why he returned my phone call in the first place, and when he realized I was just the actor he just went off on me:
I said to him, “Well, it’s OK, Harvey, I managed to get a ticket between the time I called you and now, so I’ll be there tonight.” And he said, “Oh, you’ll be there? Well, make sure you shake my hand out of respect.” And I said, “Oh yeah, Harvey, I sure will.” And that’s the genesis of that story.
When asked if Weinstein noticed, Perlman said “he knew it was clammy,” and that he hopes Weinstein saw his now-viral tweet below:
Did I ever tell ya about when Harvey Weinstein told me to make sure I shook his hand at a charity event, so I stopped in the mens room and pissed all over my hand, then went straight up to him on the receiving line? I think about that every time lil donnie opens up his KFC.
— Ron Perlman @perlmutations June 25, 2018By itself, the anecdote is the stuff of legends, but it rocketed even further into viral fame after Donald Trump Jr. tried to score points on Perlman who’s been a very vocal critic of the Trump administration. While attempting to accuse Perlman of not stopping an alleged rapist, Junior clearly didn’t realize that a central element of the Weinstein accusations is that he used his wealth and influence to hide his crimes. Fortunately, Perlman was more than happy to explain the situation.
Hey young don, nice ta meetcha! And thanks for the follow! So…I never said I knew Harve was a rapist. I never worked for Harve. I wasn’t home his type. I DID know he was a prick though. A prick and a bully. And I gotta thing about that. https://t.co/3cjmnMI5y6
— Ron Perlman @perlmutations June 26, 2018And that’s why you don’t mess with a guy who isn’t afraid to...
'The focus doesn't need to be on the bad men anymore,' Kitty Green said at a festival press conference on Sunday as she promotes her Harvey Weinstein-inspired drama that stars Julia Garner.
The Assistant director Kitty Green on Sunday called for men to no longer dominate the media and film industry narrative around the #MeToo movement.
'We really need to center women in these narratives. The focus doesn't need to be on the bad men anymore. Let's talk about women and the issues we're facing,' Green told a Berlin Film Festival press conference while promoting the European premiere of her Harvey Weinstein-inspired film.
As the media focuses on Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and other alleged sexual predators in the #MeToo era, Green's The Assistant focuses on the experience of women in toxic workplaces. The Bleecker Street release deliberately follows Jane, played by Julia Garner, a recent college graduate who lands her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul.
As Jane follows her daily routine, she becomes increasingly aware of the abuse that takes place in every aspect of her workday. Green said as she did her research for The Assistant and spoke to around 100 women, many of whom worked in the film industry, she noticed the stories of sexual assault survivors sharing their experiences of toxic workplace environments was rarely seen or heard in media accounts.
'I was looking at all of the #MeToo coverage and it seemed to focus on the predators, on the men, and I was little upset on not focusing on how we can get more women into positions of power. I was looking to do something that examined more cultural, systemic problems,' she explained.
After debuting at Telluride last year and playing other festivals, The Assistant hit theaters on Jan. 31, 2020 and arrives in Berlin just as the Harvey Weinstein trial in New York City heads towards a verdict amid jury deliberations. 'I really just hope the survivors get the legal justice they deserve. We'll see what happens,' Green said.
And despite releasing a movie of the moment, Green said financing The Assistant was difficult as it doesn't flatter the film industry with its under-stated portrayal of toxic workplaces. 'They always say Hollywood likes films about itself. This one wasn't the one,' she said.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
It’s a little over two years following the culture-shifting reporting that sparked the #MeToo movement, and we’ve finally gotten the first truly great movie about the culture in need of dismantling. Kitty Green’s The Assistant follows a single day in the life of Julia Garner’s Jane, a new employee working for a Harvey Weinstein-like bullying boss. We inhabit her state of mind not through what she says or thinks but rather through what she does – primarily, dreary office tasks. But through the simplest of labor, Green brings to light a number of complex systems of gender, sex and power that undergird all workplace behavior yet remains unspoken.
The film represents a remarkable step forward for Green, who previously made waves for her 2017 documentary film Casting JonBenet. In that film, Green visited the hometown of the slain child pageant queen and used the pretext of a film based on the murder to explore how the event continues to make ripples in the community. She’s our most humanist “true crime” filmmaker, if one can assign her films to any genre at all, because her concern lies less in wrongdoing itself and more in how a community responds to it. In my interview with Kitty Green, we discussed how she found the film’s unique rhythm as well as how her research led her to emphasize the mundane over the sensational.
Routine and process play such a large role in dictating the experience of the film, and there’s such a variety of how you convey it. How were you determining factors like how long to let a shot play out or how close to put the camera to Julia Garner?
Those are two very different processes. I was very focused on the rhythm of it, and time was the big consideration in making this movie. When I first pitched it to friends, I would say she’s an assistant to a predator. People would say, “Oh, the enablers,” implying that was all she was doing. I wanted to make sure the representation of her workday was accurate, that we went through each task as she would. The photocopying scenes had as much weight and were as long as when she’s doing something that might be seen as a little more sensationalist or lurid like cleaning the couch. It’s meant to unfold realistically like a day would for a woman in that position. The monotony, the banality of evil, I guess is the overarching theme that we were looking at task-by-task in a workplace like that.
Shots … we had to shoot everything in an office, a lot of it at her desk. It really was about getting some variation in what we were shooting so we didn’t feel like we were seeing the same thing again and again. It’s a film about monotony, but I didn’t want it to be too monotonous. She kind of sinks lower and lower in the frame, that was something we were playing with in terms of the cinematography. Julia has the most amazingly expressive...
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