Harvey Weinstein is a plague from which Hollywood is still trying to recover. His presence stopped countless careers and affected many other ones in so many different ways, it's hard to assess the damage he's done.
According to a new interview in the Guardian, Angelina Jolie talks about how much his presence in Hollywood altered even her career.
When Jolie was just 21 years old, she made the Miramax film Playing By Heart. It was executive produced by Weinstein. While she doesn't say exactly what happened to her on that set, she did say, “I really don’t want to derail the book into stories about Harvey.”
When talking about The Aviator, she said, “It was beyond a pass, it was something I had to escape. I stayed away and warned people about him. I remember telling Jonny, my first husband, who was great about it, to spread the word to other guys—don’t let girls go alone with him. I was asked to do The Aviator, but I said no because he was involved. I never associated or worked with him again. It was hard for me when Brad did.”
These kinds of stories are heartbreaking. They define how humanity is mortgaged for power, and also how we missed other landmark roles from Jolie thanks to this monster. As we can see, when other people continued to work with Weinstein, it also placed an emotional burden on her.
We know everything we need to know about Weinstein now, but we did back then too. Hopefully Hollywood learns from these stories and changes.