Roman Polanski Was “Very Surprised” By Harvey Weinstein’s #MeToo Controversy & Says Producer Interfered With ‘The Pianist’ Oscar Campaign

The Playlist | 12/12/2019 | Charles Barfield
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All things considered, 2019 has been a rocky year for filmmaker Roman Polanski. The lingering effects of his decades-old sexual assault conviction have been felt thanks to the emergence of the #MeToo movement, but Polanski also released a new film that received some strong acclaim. And in a new interview with Paris Match (via Deadline), the filmmaker talked about his year, as well as commenting, once again, on his past and what he thinks about Harvey Weinstein, another Hollywood figure that has been linked to sexual assault allegations.

While he has never formally worked with Weinstein on a project, Polanski said that he was “very surprised by the avalanche of accusations” that were lobbed at the infamous producer.

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However, Polanski said that he did have one issue with Weinstein that dates back to the awards season when “The Pianist” was deemed a favorite. He told a story about how the controversial producer decided to run a campaign against “The Pianist” so that the films Weinstein was campaigning for would have a better shot.

“I know that in 2003, Weinstein panicked when ‘The Pianist’ won two BAFTAs, including Best Film,” said the filmmaker. “Weinstein, who had two films nominated at the Oscars, launched a campaign to stop the same thing happening in Hollywood. It was he who dug up the [then] 26-year-old story with Samantha and which was no longer of interest to anyone. His press attaché was the first person to call me a ‘child rapist.’ The paradox is that ‘The...
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