Harvey Weinstein tried to fire Minnie Driver from ‘Good Will Hunting’


Minnie Driver says she never would have starred in ‘Good Will Hunting’ if Harvey Weinstein had been right.

The actress has alleged in a new interview with the UK Times that the disgraced film producer allegedly told a casting director – as well as producers and star Matt Damon – that “no one would fuck her”.

The English-born actress – who dated Damon while filming the film – said she felt “so devastated” by the alleged comment at the time, until she considered the source.

“He’s an unspeakable pig. Why the hell are you worried about that f–k saying you’re not sexy?” Driver, 52, said of Weinstein, 70.

“But there are ramifications to that: maybe I’m not going to get hired because people think I don’t have the sexual quality.”

She continued: “How horrible to think I was one of the lucky ones. [who escaped him] because he didn’t think I was f–kable. And how amazing and wonderful that this has changed and that the young men and women in my industry are not going to experience this.

Minnie Driver and Matt Damon in "Goodwill hunting."
The actress played Matt Damon’s girlfriend in the 1997 film.
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The 1997 Gus Van Sant film earned Driver an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, although the accolade went to Kim Basinger for “LA Confidential.”

As for Weinstein, the former co-founder of Miramax is serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault following his conviction in February 2020.

He is awaiting trial on other sex crimes charges in a California court, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Harvey Weinstein seated in court wearing a face mask.
Weinstein is serving 23 years behind bars for rape and sexual assault.
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As Page Six previously reported, more than 80 women accused Weinstein of sexual abuse in 2017, and he was arrested and charged the following year.

Although Driver is not among the women who have made abuse allegations, she has previously claimed that her experience with him was unpleasant and sexist.

“He didn’t want to cast me [in ‘Good Will Hunting’] …but that’s just business,” she told The New York Times in February 2018. “I did fine with him. I really did. When we talk about sexual harassment, it’s not a question of sex, it’s a question of power.

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