Hollywood Producer Passes on Obama Movie Pitch
(LOS ANGELES) -- How do you know when you've got pull in Hollywood? When the president of the United States pitches you on a movie, and you turn him down. That's just what A-list producer Harvey Weinstein did to President Obama when the president suggested Weinstein adapt an unnamed spy novel for the big screen.
According to TheWrap.com, Weinstein told the Times of London, “The president sent me a book the other day and said ‘Why don’t you make this into a movie? …I sent him an email back saying he was the most overqualified book scout I’ve ever had.”
Weinstein -- whose films include Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and many others -- no doubt felt chummy enough with the president to take that pass because of their relationship. He's contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic party and Democratic candidates in recent years, including thousands directly to President Obama's war chest, and co-hosted an Obama fundraiser in New York just two weeks ago.
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