Harvey Weinstein is one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, and now he’s told Howard Stern that he’s aiming to take down the National Rifle Association with his own greatest weapon — Meryl Streep.
Harvey Weinstein has never been particularly shy about sharing his political views, and on Howard Stern‘s Jan. 14 show he told the shock jock all about his plans to make the National Rifle Association “wish they weren’t alive” via his next big film.
Harvey Weinstein Takes Aim At NRA
It’s practically news when there isn’t a tragic shooting nowadays, and Harvey told Howard that he’s simply had enough, Mediaite reports. The Miramax and Weinstein Company founder came on Howard’s show to discuss an upcoming project based on a novel about a Holocaust uprising, but the conversation quickly turned to guns when Howard asked the iconic producer if he owned one.
“I never want to have a gun,” Harvey said. “I don’t think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
Harvey’s anti-NRA game plan, he explained, is to bring in a certain Academy Award nominee. “I’m gonna make a movie with Meryl Streep and we’re gonna take this issue head-on, and they’re gonna wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
So… something like the 2005 Aaron Eckhart flick Thank You For Smoking? Not quite, according to Harvey.
“[It will be a] big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’”
Harvey also stressed that he thinks that guns are necessary in some instances, like, for example, self defense against genocide in foreign countries. His vision is to scare people who don’t necessarily need guns away from firearms. He wants moviegoers to leave thinking, “Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff.”
If Harvey and Streep are in, we’re in. What do you think, HollywoodLifers?
– Shaunna Murphy