While most of the scathing criticisms of producer Harvey Weinstein involve his inappropriate sexual conduct towards female employees and stars, writer Paul Schrader’s biggest issue with Weinstein is his reputation for drastically recutting movies.
Schrader added his voice to the angry outcry against Weinstein with a rather tone-deaf Facebook post that downplays Weinstein’s personality as a “sexual gangster” since “most people who crossed his path” knew about it.
“Of course I knew Harvey Weinstein was a sexual gangster. So did most people who crossed his path. It was an odor that preceded him,” the post says. “That’s not what offended me most about the man. It was the fact that he purchased films by both Bernardo Bertolucci and Wong Kar Wai and then recut them. TWC offered to purchase Bret Ellis and my The Canyons on the proviso that Harvey could recut it — Why would Bret and I, I screamed into the phone, undergo the sacrifice of self financing a movie only to let an asshole like Harvey recut it?”
Schrader’s work includes writing the Robert De Niro films “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and directing films including “Hardcore,” “American Gigolo” and “Cat People.”
Other stars openly criticizing Weinstein include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, and George Clooney, although their criticisms are related to the allegations of sexual abuse and assault and Weinstein’s attempts to cover them up.