Watch Kevin Smith's STFU Harvey Weinstein Sundance Premiere Story
Lost in the mix during Comic-Con (as a few sites did mention it) was a story from Kevin Smith about his experience with studio head Harvey Weinstein during the premiere of his film Red State at Sundance this year. Smith told the story during a round of interviews for On-Demand, and I was only recently told the story by one of my friends at ScreenCrave, where they have the entire video. In short, Kevin Smith had to yell at Harvey to "shut the fuck up" during the first premiere of his film because he was being very loud. I've included the first video portion below, as he starts out chatting about working with the Weinsteins early on.
Given I've never heard this until now, why not bring it up again, it's an awesome story to hear Kevin Smith tell and I love the way he handled it. Watch the second video if you want to hear the Sundance story only:
Kevin Smith Talks About Red State - Part 1 (Pitching Red State), via ScreenCrave:
Kevin Smith Talks About Red State - Part 2 (Sundance Premiere), via ScreenCrave:
Love him or hate him, that's just a great story, and it really sounds like Harvey deserved that. I don't care that people don't like Kevin Smith anymore, I still think he's a solid filmmaker and Red State is one of his best films, and he's an opinionated guy who stands for what he believes. Apparently Smith said later that he hasn't heard from Harvey since (unless anyone has heard otherwise?) but I wouldn't be surprised, I'm sure Harvey left saying "I'm done with Kevin Smith," too. Though the headlines earlier this year about Red State making back its costs and still earning more on top I'm sure were a little painful to see. Red State is already enough of an indie success on its own, and this time its Kevin Smith himself earning all the credit for that.
And honestly, anyone who talks during a movie or is obnoxiously loud, especially during a world premiere, deserves to be told to STFU. Though I'm glad Kevin Smith took it into his own hands to fix that situation.