Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron revealed he ‘almost hit’ Harvey Weinstein with his Oscar” at the Academy Awards in 1998. James said the two were talking about Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and their opinions about him didn’t match, leading to a fight. Also read: Avatar 2 is officially called Avatar: The Way of Water; James Cameron movie finally gets release date

Harvey, a Hollywood power broker who produced Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, and Gangs of New York, became one of the most prominent targets of the Me Too and Times Up movements who claimed to have committed sexual abuse at the highest levels of the American business, entertainment and the media. In February 2020, a jury in Manhattan found him guilty of raping a former aspiring wife and assaulting a production assistant. A judge sentenced him to 23 years in prison.

In 2017, James had told Vanity Fair, “I remember almost getting into a fight with Harvey Weinstein and hitting him with my Oscar. It happened on the ground floor near the [theatre].”

James recalled the incident leading up to their fight, saying, “And the music had started playing to get back into our seats. The people around us were saying, ‘Not here! Not here!’ Like it was okay to fight in the parking lot you know but it wasn’t okay there when the music was playing and they were about to go live It’s kind of a long story but it has to do with Guillermo del Toro and how badly he was treated by Miramax on Mimic Harvey happily came over to me, talking about how great they were to the artist, and I just read his chapter and verse about how great I thought he was to the artist on based on my friend’s experience, and that led to an altercation.”

Earlier this monthJames Cameron revealed several scenes from Avatar: The Way of Water from the second installment of its epic sci-fi franchise. The film is a sequel to the award-winning 2009 epic adventure Avatar, which was released in theaters 13 years ago. The script comes from James and Josh Friedman. The film will hit theaters worldwide on December 16, 2022.

(With inputs from PTI)


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