Samantha Morton detailed her “horrible” experience working with Harvey Weinstein in a conversation with Louis Theroux.
The actor and director has been active in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years and is best known for his role in the action thriller starring Tom Cruise in 2002. Minority Report as a clairvoyant with a vision of an impending murder.
Additionally, Morton has also featured in several independent productions and was nominated for a Bafta Award in 2020 for her work in the Channel 4 drama series. I Am Kirsty.
Morton, 46, appears in the latest (Tuesday 25th) issue of Louis Theroux’s self-titled podcast.
After discussing some of Morton’s complaints about the film industry and “inappropriate or unkind behavior on set,” Theroux asked her about working with Weinstein, 71, who founded the major film production and distribution company, Miramax.
He is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for various sex crimes and is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Morton later recalled being told by Weinstein she was unbelievable, before detailing how she turned down a job on the 2000 film Miramax. About Adam had a continuing impact on her being considered for other roles.
“I said I didn’t like it,” she explained. “’I think the film is really unsuitable for women and I don’t want to be a part of it.’ The casting director came back with, ‘You mustn’t say no to Harvey.’”
While Morton recalled being “polite” about the rejection and made it clear that the “no” answer was for the film and not Weinstein personally, the actor went on to say how much pressure forced her to change her mind.
“I had a phone call saying ‘you can’t say no’… ‘no’ was not heard. So they kept coming back to this role and I was told unequivocally, ‘You’re not going to work anymore unless you take this role. I will make your life hell. You won’t work anymore.’”
Although many people advised her to take this job, in order to be at the “Miramax table”, Morton refused. Then, when she was invited to star in the 2005 film Brothers Grimmstarring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, Morton noticed that she received opposition from Weinstein, and the role ended up going to Lena Headey.
“I forgot about it because it happened years ago,” she continued. “And then all these years later, I realized that [when] I got an offer, got a letter from the director, if Miramax or later the Weinstein Company has anything to do with it, that’s bad for me.
“He had a reason, a deep reason, to try to destroy my career… He definitely couldn’t, because I kept working, doing independent cinema all over the world.”
independence A representative for Harvey Weinstein has been reached for comment.
Last month, Joseph Fiennes told a similar story about how a “bullying tactic” from the producer of a sexually offensive film led him to give up a lucrative multi-film contract.