Fall movies of Ben Affleck, Louis C.K., Matt Damon and Johnny Depp could be hurt by ‘Harveygate’


Actors Matt Damon (L) and George Clooney speak onstage at CinemaCon 2017 Paramount Pictures Presentation Highlighting Its Summer of 2017 and Beyond at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon on March 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood should be rolling into its glorious prestige fall season right about now, with all the heavy-duty campaigning that goes along with promoting films that could have a chance to win accolades and Oscars in the coming year.

But the Harvey Weinstein scandal hit, and the repercussions of this controversy are just beginning, and not just for the movie mogul himself but for actors who had significant business relationships with him, whose films have been produced or distributed by his company or who have their own history of questionable personal or workplace behavior.

Vulture has put together a list of stars who may have to expect tough questions on press tours as they try to promote certain films whose awards and box office prospects could be threatened by the fallout of “Harveygate.” Here are some of those films

Matt Damon and George Clooney at CinemaCon 2017 (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Damon’s “Suburbicon” (October 27) and “Downsizing” (December 22):
Damon has two movies coming out this fall that are hoping for Oscars recognitions, “Surburbicon,” directed by George Clooney, and “Downsizing,” directed by Alexander Payne. But Damon has been drawn big time into the Weinstein scandal, first because he’s a frequent collaborator of Weinstein’s who probably owes his superstardom to him; Weinstein produced his “Good Will Hunting” screenplay with Ben Affleck and heavily promoted the two Boston bros all the way to an Oscar.

This week, Damon also had to fend off reports, sparked by The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman, that he may have helped Weinstein try to kill a 2004 New York Times expose on the producer’s alleged sexually inappropriate behavior. Waxman’s report about her derailed Times story forced Damon to do a damage-control interview with Deadline, in which he denied trying to help kill the TImes story and denied he ever knew about Weinstein’s misconduct. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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