Alfred Molina says he saw Harvey Weinstein berating Salma Hayek on set Fridawith the former Hollywood producer and convicted rapist also cooled down with him after Molina compared Hayek’s business prowess to the producer.
Actor who said independence in a recent interview that he did not witness any assault, spoke about Weinstein’s behavior on set – specifically an “irrational” case in which Weinstein became angry at Hayek’s stellar performance.
After the disgraced former producer visited the Mexican set, he called the crew members “one by one” to his room, where the actor said “he basically read act of rioting for us.”
Molina added: ‘He’s seen some shoves and he’s not happy with what he’s seen.
During his chat, the actor — who plays Diego Rivera — said Weinstein continued to complain about Hayek’s portrayal of the late artist and Mexican legend. “He said, ‘Alfred. What the hell is happening here?” he called back. “I hired the best actors. I hired Salma Hayek. She is one of the best actresses in the world. And what do I see on the screen? Nothing but Frida, Frida, Frida!’”
Molina was filled with skepticism. “I remember thinking, ‘Well, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?’” he told the outlet. “Of course, what he’s saying is that she’s not playing ‘sexy’. She’s not playing this beautiful Latina, this hot tamale. She’s playing the role of Frida.”
The actor noted that Hayek faced a lot of trouble while producing that film, but “in the face of a lot of opposition from Miramax, in terms of who she wanted in the movie, she stood up. fight and fight for everyone — including me. She was faithful to a fault.
In a 2021 interview with GuardHayek – who previously addressed various forms of Weinstein’s harassment in one The New York Times op-ed – refers to her initial experience, recounts a similar reaction from Weinstein.
“I was feeling fine [when he bullied me]. Ok, I’ll shake [afterwards] and it depressed me, but there’s a funny side to the whole thing,” says Hayek. “When he wakes me up [during the making of ‘Frida’] and shouted, ‘Why do you have a [monobrow] and mustache? I don’t hire you to look ugly!’ I was like, ‘But have you ever looked at a picture of Frida Kahlo?’ If a man was playing Cyrano de Bergerac, he wouldn’t say, ‘What’s wrong with his nose?’”
Around the release of the film, Molina — while talking to Elle for a November 2015 cover story featuring Hayek — claiming that Frida The star’s entrepreneurial and creative prowess would make her a force in Hollywood if she were white.
He told the magazine at the time: “I was told that if Salma were white and male, she would be bigger than Harvey Weinstein. “I still believe that. Salma is a wonderful businesswoman; she’s creative in a way that surprises people.”
The comment, published before the launch of the #MeToo movement and the aftermath of Weinstein, is said to have angered the producer, which Molina discovered through interaction with Weinstein after he made the comment. review.
“There were four of us sitting at the table. Sam Rockwell, me and a few other famous actors. And Harvey Weinstein walked in. Shake everyone’s hand. Sam, then the next, then the next. And when he came to me… he just kept walking. He completely blanked me out,” the actor recounted. “Sam Rockwell was on one end and I was on the other, and Sam said, ‘What the hell did you do!?’”
Hollywood Reporter have contacted representatives for Rockwell and Weinstein.
At another point in the interview, Molina also addressed his previous stance on heterosexual actors playing gay men, after he played Kenneth Halliwell, the playwright’s collaborator. Joe Orton in 1987 Perk, and another gay man opposite John Lithgow in 2014 love is strange.
The actor said that his previous view, that “sexual orientation has nothing to do with characterization,” still stands. “I’m not trying to pretend to be anything that I’m not, you know. I’m a white transgender heterosexual,” he said. “It is asking the question that I think is inappropriate.”