Quentin Tarantino wishes he told Harvey Weinstein to stop and not ‘F*** Up Everything’
The one aspect about the case of Harvey Weinstein that shocked everyone was how people around were aware of his history of sexual assault and yet did nothing. This is one of the ways with which abusers like him gained power. And now, Quentin Tarantino says that he wished he had stopped Weinstein and tell him how he’s “gonna f*** up everything.
Weinstein was instrumental in launching Tarantino’s career, financing all of his films from Reservoir Dogs (1992) through to The Hateful Eight (2015). And by 2017, with an article from The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow, Weinstein’s entire empire came crumbling down. It also gave birth to the #MeToo movement, which empowered women to detail their stories of abuse and assault openly and just reveals how the patriarchy allowed men to get away with murder. Now, Tarantino has revealed that he knew about Weinstein, as his former girlfriend Miro Sorvino told him how the Hollywood mogul harassed her. In his recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tarantino said:
I knew enough to do more than I did. There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him. What I did was marginalize the incidents. Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse…I chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.
Quentin Tarantino wishes he had sat down and had a chat with Weinstein
During the podcast, Tarantino said he knew Weinstein would make “unwanted advances” towards women. However, he did not know that rape was involved as well. He said Weinstein was like a “f***ed up father figure” to him, but now he wishes he had talked to him, saying:
I wish I had talked to the guy, I wish I had sat him down and had the uncomfortable conversation, I didn’t know about any rapes or anything like that but I knew he was like, you know… I chalked it up to the boss chasing the secretary around the desk. That’s how I kind of looked at it, him making unwanted advances.
I wish I had talked to him. I wish I had sat him down and gone, ‘Harvey, you can’t do this, you’re gonna f*** up everything.’ Maybe his brother Bob [did], but I don’t think anybody talked to him about it. And the thing about it is everybody who was in his orbit knew about it. Probably they didn’t know anything about rapes, but they had heard things.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the only movie of Quentin Tarantino made without the help of Harvey Weinstein. Despite having an illustrious career and still being considered at the top of his game, Tarantino is going to retire after making one more movie. What do you think of his response to Weinstein? Let us know in the comments below.