Published Oct 18, 2017Kevin Smith has had plenty of hit movies over the years, but a great deal of them were produced by the notorious Harvey Weinstein, who has been outed as an alleged sexual predator this month. Rather than craft a PR-friendly statement denouncing Weinstein, Smith is putting his money where his mouth is.
Working with Weinstein, Kevin Smith made the movies Clerks, Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Speaking on the "Hollywood Babble-On" podcast [via Indiewire], he admitted that it's upsetting to be so closely tied to the producer.
"My entire career is tied up with the man," Smith said. "It's been a weird fucking week. I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that's it. That's why I came, that's why I made Clerks. And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It's wrapped up in something really fucking horrible."
As a result, Smith said he'll donate any future residuals from his Weinstein-produced movies to Women in Film, an organization that works toward gender parity in the film industry. If the residuals stop, Smith said he'll donate $2,000 a month to the charity for the rest of his life.
"That feels like a start," he said. "Hopefully that goes to people that get to make shit without having to deal with some fucking animal saying, 'Here's the price.'"
Smith continued, "I know it's not my fault, but I didn't fucking help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father and shit like that, and he changed my fucking life…. I was singing praises of somebody that I didn't fucking know. I didn't know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me. It all hurts, and it didn't happen to me, but it all hurts."
Listen to the episode of "Hollywood Babble-On" below.