Kevin Smith: Harvey Weinstein cut my movies

“Before he was known to be a fucking convicted rapist, Harvey Weinstein was known to be Harvey Scissorhands.”

As Kevin Smith still struggles to extricate his 1999 film “Dogma” from the clutches of convicted rapist and former mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, the “Clerks” director reflected on Weinstein’s happy-go-lucky approach to film editing.

“I hate to mention the name, but before he was known for being a fucking convicted rapist, Harvey Weinstein was known for being Harvey Scissorhands, cutting movies and stuff,” Smith told Vulture. “He never did that to me because I would beat him. I thought, I don’t want people to sit there any longer than necessary.”

Smith shared that he has always been “more sensitive to feedback than other filmmakers” and only stopped reading reviews after decades in Hollywood.

“It took me 20 years or more of my career to say, ‘Why do you bother? You did this for yourself. This is an act of masturbation,’” Smith said. “’When you masturbate, you don’t seek the approval of others afterwards. Why the hell are you looking for approval?’”

However, as Smith made clear, critics “particularly brought” his successful feature debut “Clerks” into the mainstream after its explosive Sundance premiere.

“We made ‘Clerks II’ like it was nothing: I gave up my salary to do it, which wasn’t that big,” Smith said. “With ‘Zack and Miri,’ I thought, ‘Oh, everyone is going to get paid, and we’re going to have a movie star.’ Also, he was already engaged when we were editing ‘Clerks II.’”

Smith credited Sundance director “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” Steven Soderbergh with inspiring his later career moves. “’Cop Out’ came from having a nervous breakdown over ‘Zack and Miri,’ and they could have talked me into anything. Someone said, ‘How about doing a script that you didn’t write?’ And I said, ‘Soderbergh does it,’ even though I never in my life said, ‘Well, Soderbergh and I are the same,’” Smith shared. “But at the time, I thought, ‘Well, he’s a director and he also directs other people’s stuff, and then he directs his stuff, so maybe he should look into this.’ And I thought, ‘I’m going out with Bruce Willis every day. And I was not wrong!”

Smith later reflected on Soderbergh in a different way, following the success of “Red State,” his cinematic response to critics. “‘Jesus, they’re always on my dick about doing Kevin Smith movies,'” Smith recalled thinking at the time. “’Let me try to make a movie that I’m supposed to make. Let me see if I can make a fucking movie that someone else would make. Let me try to make a Quentin Tarantino movie through the Coen brothers.

He added: “If I took my name off that, no one would know it was me. And when I was done, ‘I was like, So this is a ‘good’ filmmaking.’ I didn’t miss anything. That’s when I thought, I’m retiring. There was a three-year period where I was like, ‘I’m done with this.’ That was also inspired by Soderbergh, because he dropped out and I was like, ‘We can do that! We could stop! Okay, I guess I’m under arrest.”

After directing the highly anticipated “Clerk III” earlier this year, Smith has set his sights on directing a “Dogma” sequel, if he can buy back the rights to his own film and script. “It’s my movie and [Weinstein’s] I have it,” Smith recently told The Wrap. She is holding him hostage. My movie about angels is owned by the devil himself. And if there’s only one way out of this, maybe we can buy it. Sell ​​me my self-expression back.”

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