Harvey Weinstein has denounced French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen after the militant right-winger attacked an interracial friendship at the core of the Weinstein Co. film “The Intouchables.”
“Le Pen made a repulsive statement representing a bigoted world view,” Weinstein said, referring to a recent TV appearance by the pol.
The founder of the xenophobic National Front party said, “It would be a disaster if France were to find itself in the same situation” as the wealthy crippled Frenchman in the film who bonds with his poor young immigrant caretaker. Le Pen slammed a vision of France as a “handicapped person stuck in a wheelchair waiting for the help” of immigrants.
Weinstein noted that Le Pen’s daughter Marine Le Pen is running for president with strong popular support. “That’s frightening to me,” he said, “and I think it’s important to speak up and speak out.”
“The Intouchables” has shattered records in France and will be out Stateside May 25. It premieres tonight in Gotham at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema’s Opening Night at Alice Tully Hall.