Harvey Weinstein Berates Bloggers Over Basterds Cutting Rumors
You gotta love Harvey Weinstein. I imagine he'd be more than happy to fight anyone who asks (kind of like Uwe Boll). Right now I'm certain all that's on his mind is making sure that Inglourious Basterds, The Road, and Rob Marshall's Nine are huge hits, or The Weinstein Company may not make it to next year. A month ago, the web was abuzz with a controversial rumor that Quentin Tarantino was being forced by Harvey Weinstein to cut some 40 minutes off of Inglourious Basterds. It seemed hokey anyway, as it came from a very skeptical report on The Wrap. But now Harvey sets it all straight in this GQ interview.
"Those stories are all untrue. There's no fucking way. Here, read my lips: That is nuts. Please don't even write that, it's insanity. There's not even a question of that. Whatever you're reading, it's like some insane blogger… There's no truth to any of this. He's not gonna cut. What he's doing is just reorganizing some scenes. I mean, the guy had six weeks to cut his movie [for Cannes]; most guys take six months. Most guys take a year."
"When I worked with Martin [Scorsese], we'd do eighteen months in post-production. Quentin Tarantino cuts a movie in six weeks? Come on, there's shit on that cutting-room floor that'll blow your brains out. I was telling Quentin the opposite—'You should put that shit back in the movie.' There's scenes with Brad Pitt and the Basterds, and I'm praying he puts that shit back in, ‘cause it's un-fucking-believably great. Listen—this movie will be between two hours and twenty minutes and two hours and twenty-seven minutes. I don't think it's going to be shorter—it's just a question of rearranging. I know he's putting footage back into the movie. I know he's got some cool shit that he didn't get time to address."
I really don't think there is any other power producer in Hollywood who would give you an answer like that to any question you asked them. And that's why I just love Harvey Weinstein. That guy doesn't take shit from anyone and it looks like he was more than happy to tell this guy that those "insane bloggers" were full of shit with that rumor. As I said, it all felt a bit hokey, but I was writing it as a plea in the extreme case that it did turn out to be true. And just to say it, I'm extremely happy to know that Tarantino is not shortening Inglourious Basterds at all and will keep it at least as long as it was in Cannes. Keep on keepin' on, Harvey!