MovieHarvey Weinstein, 69, intentionally removed Good Will Hunting from movie theaters to sabotage the wages of the late Robin Williams. This is what the writer, director and actor Kevin Smith (51) claims in his new book. “It was pure greed.”
In Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash, the actor provides insight into the business deal made for the drama Good Will Hunting. Robin Williams, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie, would get a larger share of the profits if the movie grossed more than $100 million in theaters. Something that seemed impossible on a budget of barely $10 million (€8.6 million). However, box office results went in that direction.
So Harvey Weinstein, who owns the production house Miramax, decided to remove the film from cinemas. “I was very surprised. The picture made a lot of money. There was also a lot of publicity around the Oscars,” says Smith. “But they did it so that less money would be spent on Robin. After all, he didn’t get any profit from the income from the videos. It was just pure greed.”
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“Good Will Hunting” from 1997 brought in $225 million (€194 million). In addition, the film earned nine Academy Award nominations. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for the screenplay.
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