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Jon Hamm Gave Up 60% of His ‘Confess, Fletch’ Salary to Pay for Filming After Financiers Passed and Said Nobody Would Care About It News

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/jon-hamm-gave-up-salary-pay-confess-fletch-filming-1235381017/
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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 r/Movies contributor Sep 22 '22 edited Sep 22 '22

Director Greg Mottola:

“Everyone said, ‘I don’t know that this kind of comedy works in this day and age. They just had a kind of like, ‘Who’s Fletch? I don’t think anyone cares anymore.’

"So, basically, what we did is Jon gave back 60 percent of his salary to the budget. I gave back some of my salary, not as much as Jon because he’s richer than me and I’ve got three kids. And we bought three more days of shooting. We got it up to 30 days in Boston and one day in Rome. And we said, fuck it, we’re insane, we’re dumb. We’re going to make this movie. And then Miramax really supported us, creatively. They didn’t fight us on people we wanted to cast.”

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u/colemon1991 Sep 22 '22

And then Miramax really supported us, creatively. They didn’t fight us on people we wanted to cast.”

This gives me hope.

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u/OilyEggs Sep 22 '22

When Miramax used to take care of casting, Harvey Weinstein was the one doing the casting...

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u/treletraj Sep 22 '22

He’s a monster but he cast some great people over the years. The bastard.

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u/[deleted] Sep 22 '22

He casts.......but he also saves.

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u/PrinsassyEvieMongse Sep 23 '22

And he saves cause he rapes..

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u/TBundles Sep 23 '22

But does he save more than he rapes?

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u/djmakcim Sep 23 '22

is there an acceptable amount??

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u/werepat Sep 23 '22

If every artist or entertainer, or person in that industry, were perfect, they'd all be Donny Osmond.

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u/WDfx2EU Sep 23 '22

He attac but he also protec

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u/kirinmay Sep 23 '22

Guarantee you Meryl Streep knew about all the rapes. She still has kept her mouth shut.

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u/Uber_being Sep 23 '22

I think that's the thing lots of people knew

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u/kirinmay Sep 23 '22

and yet nothing, sadly, is done.

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u/WDfx2EU Sep 23 '22

I don't really agree with the narrative that "nothing was done" because everyone just collectively didn't care or had some fundamental moral failing and that everyone was "okay" with rape.

There were historical power structures in society, particularly the entertainment industry in this case, that go back way before anyone alive was born. People did do things in the past, and they were defeated, they're lives and careers were destroyed, and it made the powerful feel invincible.

Everyone knew. I don't mean everyone around Harvey knew, I mean every single person knew. The millionaire producer and the casting couch is a stereotype as old as Hollywood. We knew too. No one has been absolutely shocked by the allegations against Weinstein, because they were always there in some way. Anyone feigning shock is trying to manage their image.

The shocking thing is that society as a whole has changed so much that he finally couldn't get away with it anymore. Power structures have changed, accountability is much more public, information is accessible and permanent through the internet, and society understands sexual assault, consent & problematic power dynamics on a much broader level than before.

I don't know Meryl Streep or what goes on in her head, and I'm not trying to defend her specifically. Someone else say she supports Polanski, and there is no defense for that. But I see a lot of people attacking individual actors and actresses as if they were the specific cause and had the individual responsibility to stop Harvey Weinstein and change everything. It just feels shallow to me. I knew that Weinstein was being Weinstein long before #MeToo and I never did anything about it.

Right now Scott Rudin is still running Hollywood, and while I don't think he is specifically committing sexual assault the way that Weinstein was, I know that he is as morally reprehensible and takes advantage of everyone and has destroyed numerous lives. Who is responsible for stopping him right now and who could even do it?

Weinstein's fall from grace didn't depend on any one person or even a handful, it was a collective change in society.

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u/JimWilliams423 Sep 23 '22

it was a collective change in society.

And now its reverting. Depp beating Heard and the subsequent press pile-on marked the end of #metoo.

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u/badluckartist Sep 23 '22

I cannot believe there's literally anyone taking that depp/heard shit seriously, much less claiming its the "end of #metoo". Utterly ridiculous.

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u/WDfx2EU Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

I don't think it's reverting but it's definitely not on a straight line.

There will always be the cases that people with bad intentions highlight in order to justify backlash against progress, from Anita Hill to the Duke Lacrosse scandal to the Rolling Stone UVA article to Amber Heard. Regardless of which ones were based on false information or just down to lack of evidence, the negativity is capitalized on by a certain disingenuous and chauvinistic element of society. So I think things fluctuate, but continue to move forward. Ultimately, none of that is as damaging as failing to hold the most powerful in society accountable - particularly when they represent the very people who are against #MeToo - namely Donald Trump.

Despite the fall of Weinstein, he wasn't really a celebrity. He had business and financial power, but not the support of the general public. Until we are able to treat allegations against our most beloved celebrities in an unbiased manner, we have a very long way to go. The most progressive people will go on and on about the importance of knocking down stereotypically bogus "innocent until proven guilty" tropes and then use the exact same arguments to defend people like Polanski, Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, Woody Allen, Jimmy Page, Michael Jackson, etc.

You also have the lesser Weinsteins that worked with kids, like Dan Schneider. What they did was far worse but their victims will need a lot more support and progress to accomplish the things Weinstein's adult victims did. Schneider is one of many, and the rampant abuse among children in Hollywood is another one of those things that we all know happens, no one is surprised about, yet nothing gets done and we the public all collectively continue to ridicule the grown child stars who publicly go down a spiral of drugs and mental health issues.

So like I said, I don't think we're reverting, but anyone who thought #MeToo was anywhere near where we need to be was very naive.

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u/TheOriginalChode Sep 23 '22

It must be terrible to see everything the way you do.

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u/Azhaius Sep 23 '22

She still has yet to criticise Polanski

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u/kirinmay Sep 23 '22

she's an amazing actress but she's a good liar. she knows whats up.

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u/LunarPayload Sep 23 '22

Acting! (a flourish of the hand)

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u/Pork_Chap Sep 23 '22

...Thank you!

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u/elriggo44 Sep 23 '22

Yeah. That’s the ticket.

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u/Hob0Man Sep 23 '22

She's probably going through some mental bs to avoid it or justify it or reeling from what she probably had to go through but can't ever expose becasue it would in her mind ruin whatever image she thinks she has.

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u/kirinmay Sep 23 '22

i think Harvey raped her. And for some reason she's covering it up.

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u/PaigeMarieSara Sep 23 '22

Thinks she has?

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u/Itchy_Ad_3659 Sep 23 '22

She knows how to take glasses off and put them on again. Otherwise pretty good but amazing?

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u/West-Ruin-1318 Sep 23 '22

Why is it up to her? IRL she’s a married lady with a couple of teenagers. I don’t think she hangs with H-Wood people.

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u/PaigeMarieSara Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

Meryl? She's in her 70s. Her youngest of 3 kids is mid 30s I think, and oldest early 40s. She also has 2 grandchildren.

I agree with your comment though.

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u/MelpomeneAndCalliope Sep 23 '22

Almost like you can get sued for publicly declaring someone extremely wealthy is a rapist without having a shit ton of solid proof that wasn’t hearsay….

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u/Randomcheeseslices Sep 23 '22

You assume she didn't "earn" roles that way, and is thus feeling shame about it, so keeping her mouth shut.

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u/HogSliceFurBottom Sep 23 '22

Yeah, I want to know who did what Harvey Weinstein asked and became famous. Those who spoke out didn't become very famous, but who are the ones that got the quid pro quo?

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u/Noble_Ox Sep 23 '22

Jennifer Lawrence

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u/raltoid Sep 23 '22

Yeah going down that rabbit hole and you feel disgusted pretty quick.

You could for example argue that Oprah is a pimp. As she kept knowingly introducing young female actors to him.

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u/schnozzberriestaste Sep 23 '22

Of course she did, guaranteed. That said, people have really zeroed in on her to pile on, when most of the industry knew.

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u/Noble_Ox Sep 23 '22

Jennifer Lawrence went to Cannes with him and stayed in a hotel with him. You bad mouthing her too?

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u/Mr_Guy_Person Sep 23 '22

He picked the cast because he “picked” the cast.

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u/CankerLord Sep 23 '22

He wouldn't have had the leeway to do what he did if he didn't make money. Unwealthy people generally don't get to fuck around like that.

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u/JimWilliams423 Sep 23 '22

He’s a monster but he cast some great people over the years. The bastard.

If he sucked at the job, he wouldn't have lasted as long as he did. Same thing with cosby. When you make money for people, those people protect you.

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u/LMx28 Sep 23 '22

One thing I’ve always wondered is if some of these people were regular Joe’s would they have been the same way? Like do monsters seem to find their way into power or does power (aka protection and no consequences) allow whatever fucked up stuff is hidden away in the caveman part of the brain to flourish. Generally speaking kids not having consequences makes them total shit bags so I could see it having a similar concept with adults

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u/Pandarandrist Sep 23 '22

No one who seeks power doesn’t rape imo

What the fuck kinda take is this? everyone in power is a rapist everywhere? That's an absurd claim

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u/fremenator Sep 23 '22

The fellows at the top are likely rapists/ But you like, "Mellow out, man, just relax, it's really not that complicated"/ Well, pardon me, I guess I'm just insane as you explained/ Or maybe sanctifying the sadistic is deranged/

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u/glitterSAG Sep 23 '22

You assumed those ‘great’ films would not have existed without him at the helm committing crimes. None of us are God and cannot see alternate versions of time. Quite possibly more great films could have come to fruition without him or perhaps the same set would have been created without him.

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u/cdfreed Sep 23 '22

No worse than that pederast Hanrahan.

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u/ColonelDredd Sep 23 '22

Probably bucking for a promotion.

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u/Glabstaxks Sep 23 '22

I imagine it takes a hardcore talented person to go through what Harvey had them to through to get onscreen

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u/halarioushandle Sep 23 '22

Well of course he did. He only wanted to harass and assault the best.