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Terry Gilliam is calling out the problems he sees with the #MeToo movement in Hollywood.
In an interview with AFP published Friday, the “Brazil” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” director said he’s seen some women suffer, but others are using “monster” Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in their careers, pointing out what he calls the “mob rule” in the movement.
The Monty Python member told AFP there are “plenty of monsters out there… There are other people (still) behaving like Harvey in the film industry, abusing their power for sex” and that Weinstein was exposed because he “is an a–hole and he made so many enemies.”
But he adds that “it’s crazy how simplified things are becoming” in reaction to the slew of sexual misconduct accusations.
“There is no intelligence anymore and people seem to be frightened to say what they really think. Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low.”
“It’s like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle.”
Gilliam said he thinks “it is a world of victims” now. “I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition.”
“Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay… Some people paid the price, other people suffered from it.”
Gilliam added that he feels “sorry for someone like Matt Damon,” who he directed in 2005’s “The Brothers Grimm” and calls “a decent human being.” “He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!”