Everyday it seems like another layer is peeled back in the saga that is Harvey Weinstein. A few weeks back, it was revealed that the Hollywood mogul had sexually assaulted, raped, or harassed a dozen or so women in the business, and in the time since the original New York Times article was published, many others have come forward.
One such woman who’s been especially vocal has been Rose McGowan, who claims Weinstein raped her back in 1997. The actress may be most recently known (and perhaps most notably for my generation) for her role in Planet Terror, which was written and directed by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
In an extended statement to Variety, Rodriguez chronicled McGowan’s own story through his perspective.
He recalled meeting McGowan back in 2005, where she said she wish she could have been in Sin City. The reason she didn’t audition, it turns out, was because she had been blacklisted from working on Weinstein movies. It was then that she told him the story of what happened between her and Weinstein.
Rodriguez then revealed to McGowan that he was working on the Grindhouse movie with Quentin Tarantino (Rodriguez’s half of the film would be called Planet Terror), and that he would write her as the badass lead.
“I wanted her to have a starring role in a big movie to take her OFF the blacklist, and the best part is that we would have Harvey’s new Weinstein Company pay for the whole damn thing.
Just as I finished telling Rose this, I saw Harvey walking around the party! I called Harvey over to our table, and as soon as he got close enough to see that I was sitting with Rose, his face dropped and went ghostly white. I said, ‘Hey Harvey, this is Rose McGowan. I think she’s amazing and really talented and I’m going to cast her in my next movie.’ Harvey then dribbled all over himself in the most over the top performance I’d ever seen as he gushed, ‘Oh she’s wonderful, oh she’s amazing, oh she’s fantastic, oh she’s so talented… You two should definitely work together.’ And then he skittered off. I knew right then that every word Rose told me was true, you could see it all over his face.”
As a result of this, Weinstein buried Grindhouse, and Rodriguez seems to blame him for the reason the film flopped in theaters. Ultimately, it sounds like it cost both him and McGowan a lot to pull that move. With the cat now out of the bag, Rodriguez was finally able to tell his long story.
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