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Movie Boss Harvey Loves To Act

20 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Miramax movie boss Harvey Weinstein loves acting so much he begs directors to let him appear in their movies. Cult director Kevin Smith reveals the movie mogul is such a budding thespian he pesters directors to give him cameo roles in their movies. But when Smith finally relented, Weinstein turned down the offer to play himself in his latest flick Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. Dogma director Smith explains, "He's been asking me to put him in one of his movies for years. "He's an excellent gentleman, but so incredibly egocentric I thought he'd do it in a heartbeat." Smith soon found out why Weinstein turned down the offer - he wanted a part alongside George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's latest film Oceans Eleven. Smith jokes, "Harvey's kind of a starf***er. There's me down here and Soderbergh and a cast of stars up there." »

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Dogma Director In Trouble With Gay Group

3 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dogma director Kevin Smith has been blasted by a gay rights group over alleged homophobia in his film Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. Smith, previously attacked by Catholics over his 1999 religious comedy Dogma, in which Alanis Morissette played God, is under fire from the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD). The film, which hits screens later this month, stars Jason Mewes and Smith himself as Jay and Silent Bob. But Smith's film is rife with oral-sex jokes and gay references and after viewing a screening, GLAAD fired off a letter to Smith. They complain that the film "reinforces [gay men] as objects of acceptable ridicule and dehumanization," and condemn Jay's perpetual use of the word "gay" when describing something stupid. Scott Seomin, GLAAD's entertainment media director, says, "I know Kevin Smith is not a homophobe. But we feel the movie he wrote and directed is overwhelmingly homophobic, and there's a huge potential for a negative impact on gay people, particularly gay youth." Smith has posted his own response to the criticism on the Website for his production company, calling it a satire of young male stupidity. He writes, "Neither Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back nor myself are homophobic. If anything, we're overtly gay-friendly." »

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