South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho has an engaging story about how he once fooled Harvey Weinstein into gripping his chronicle of Snowpiercer intact.
Before his fantastic tumble from beauty after a array of passionate nuisance allegations that started a #MeToo transformation in Hollywood, Weinstein was an ultra-powerful writer in Hollywood and scandalous for stealing his approach with a filmmakers when it came to edits.
Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer was bought by The Weinstein Company and predictably, a producer, notoriously named ‘Harvey Scissorhands’ in Hollywood, wanted a executive to cut 25 mins out from a movie, reported Vulture.
“It was a cursed encounter. I’m someone who until that indicate had usually ever expelled a ‘director’s cut’ of my films. I’ve never finished an revise we didn’t wish to do,” removed a filmmaker, who has captivated a cult following with films such as Memories of Murder, Mother and Okja.
Joon-Ho, who is now creation waves with his new film Parasite, that won a desired Palme D’Or during a Cannes Film Festival this year, pronounced a writer wanted “More action, some-more Chris Evans” in a movie, a sci-fi, dystopian take on category rebellion.
“Wow, we are a genius. Let’s cut out a dialogue, is how Weinstein responded when he watched a film for a initial time with a executive in Tribeca.
The executive pronounced slicing 25 mins of a film felt like stealing a vital organ. But a executive motionless to quarrel for during slightest his favourite scene, that showed a sight ensure tummy a fish in front of a rebels as a uncover of intimidation.
“Harvey hated it. Why fish? We need action!,” a executive told a publication, imitating Weinstein.
“I had a headache in that moment: What do we do? So suddenly, we said, Harvey, this shot means something to me’.”
“‘Oh, Bong? What?,’ Weinstein said.
“It’s something personal. My father was a fisherman. I’m dedicating this shot to my father,” a executive responded.
Weinstein immediately relented: You should have pronounced something earlier, Bong! Family is a many important. You have a shot.
“I said, Thank you’. It was a fu**ing lie. My father was not a fisherman,” a executive recalled.
The executive pronounced they danced around a revise for months. Weinstein screened his edited chronicle to a exam assembly of about 250 in Paramus, New Jersey, during a hulk multiplex and predictably a viewers gave a film low marks.
“On a inside, we was happy that a scores were bad. But Weinstein comes out and goes, Bong! Yeah, a measure is unequivocally bad. Let’s cut out more.’
The whole thing was like a black comedy. If this was someone else’s film and we were creation a documentary of a situation, it would be unequivocally funny. Unfortunately, it was my movie,” a executive said.
The news about their feud finally leaked to a press and a film’s stars rallied behind Joon-Ho.
Weinstein relented to go with a director’s chronicle though as a punishment, he gave a film a singular release.
“Maybe for (Weinstein), it was some kind of punishment to a filmmaker who doesn’t do what he wants. But for me, we were all unequivocally happy.”