Alfred Molina Says Weinstein Was Angry Salma Hayek’s Frida Wasn’t Sexy – The Hollywood Reporter

Alfred Molina Says He Saw Harvey Weinstein Scolding Salma Hayek On Set FridaEven the former Hollywood producer and convicted rapist gives Molina the cold shoulder after comparing Hayek’s business prowess to the producer.

actor, who Said independent In a recent interview While she did not witness any assaults, she spoke of Weinstein’s behavior on the film set — specifically one “dangerous” instance where Weinstein became angry over Hayek’s spot-on performance.

After the disgraced former producer visited the Mexico set, he called the film’s crew members “one by one” into his suite, where the actor says “they basically read us the Riot Act.”

“He saw some rushes, and he wasn’t happy with what he saw,” Molina added.

During their conversation, Weinstein – the actor who played Diego Rivera – proceeded to complain about how well Hayek embodied the late and legendary Mexican artist. “He said, ‘Alfred. What the fuck is going on?’ He recalled. “I hired the best actors. I hired Salma Hayek. She’s one of the best actors in the world. And what do I see on the screen? Nothing but Frida, Frida, Frida!

Molina was filled with disbelief. “I’m thinking, ‘Well, that’s the whole fucking point, isn’t it?'” he told the outlet. “What they were talking about, of course, was that she wasn’t playing ‘sexy.’ She wasn’t playing this gorgeous Latina, this hot tamale. She was playing Frida.

The actor noted that Hayek faced a lot of obstacles to get that film made, but “in the face of a lot of resistance from Miramax, in terms of the people she wanted in the film, she stood up to it and fought for everyone — me included. She was loyal to a fault.

A 2021 Interview the watchmanHayek – who previously accused Weinstein of various forms of harassment a The New York Times op-ed — addressing her early experience, described a similar response from Weinstein.

“Everything felt fine to me [when he bullied me]. Well, I’ll shake [afterwards] And it depressed me, but there was a cartoonish element to the whole thing,” Hayek said. “When he calls me. [during the making of ‘Frida’] And screamed, ‘Why have you? [monobrow] And the mustache? I didn’t hire you to look ugly!’ I said, ‘But haven’t you seen a picture of Frida Kahlo?’ If a man were playing Cyrano de Bergerac, he would say, “What’s up with the nose?” Not saying that.

At the time of the film’s release, Molina — during Speaking where For a November 2015 cover story featuring Hayek – said Frida The star’s creative and business prowess would have made her a powerhouse in Hollywood if she were white.

“If Salma was white and male, I’d say she’d be bigger than Harvey Weinstein,” he told the magazine at the time. “I still believe that. Salma is a great entrepreneur; she is creative in a way that takes people by surprise.

The comment, which was published before the start of the #MeToo movement and Weinstein’s fall, is said to have angered producers, who Molina found out through a conversation with Weinstein after he made the comment.

“There were four of us sitting at the table. Sam Rockwell, myself and some other huge actors. And in came Harvey Weinstein. He shook everyone’s hand. Sam, then the next guy, then the next guy. And when he got to me…he kept walking. They completely blanked me,” the actor explained. “Sam Rockwell is on one end and I’m on the other end and Sam goes, ‘What have you done!?'”

The Hollywood Reporter Representatives for Rockwell and Weinstein have been reached.

At another point in the interview, Molina recounted his earlier stance on straight actors playing gay, after he played playwright Joe Orton’s partner Kenneth Halliwell in 1987. pierce your ears, and another gay opposite John Lithgow in 2014 Love is Strange.

The actor says of his earlier stance, “Sexual orientation is irrelevant when it comes to playing a role.” “I’m not trying to pretend I’m nothing, you know. I am a white cisgender heterosexual man,” he said. “It’s asking a question that I don’t think is appropriate.”

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