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How Minnie Driver almost lost Good Will Hunting role: ‘I remember feeling so devastated’


Minnie Driver was solely 26 years previous when she auditioned for the position of Skylar in Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting.

It is a efficiency that might earn Driver an Oscar nomination for finest supporting actress, but it surely’s one she just lately instructed The Times almost by no means occurred as a result of producer Harvey Weinstein believed “no one would wish to f–k her.”

Driver mentioned Weinstein despatched a sexist word alongside to the movie’s casting director.

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Minnie Driver was 26 when she auditioned for the position of Skylar in Good Will Hunting. (Miramax)

“I remember feeling so devastated till I realised, ‘Maintain on, simply contemplate the supply for a minute. That’s an unutterable pig – why on earth are you fearful about this f–k saying that you’re not attractive?'” Driver mentioned.

“However there are ramifications of that: that possibly I’m not going to be employed as a result of folks do not suppose I’ve the sexual high quality that’s required.”

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Driver added, “How terrible to suppose that I used to be one of many fortunate ones [who escaped him] as a result of he did not suppose I used to be f—able. And the way wonderful and fantastic that it has rotated and younger women and men in my business should not going to expertise that.”

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Driver mentioned Weinstein despatched a sexist word to the movie’s casting director. (WireImage)

Weinstein is presently serving a 23-year jail sentence because of first-degree prison sexual act and third-degree rape. However it wasn’t solely the disgraced movie producer who took difficulty with Driver’s look.

The actor just lately instructed The Cut {that a} producer on the movie additionally did not suppose she was attractive sufficient for Good Will Hunting, which Driver discovered equally “devastating.”

“To be instructed at 26 that you simply’re not attractive once you possibly simply obtained over all of your teenage angst, and began to suppose, you realize, ‘Perhaps in the fitting mild and the fitting footwear and the fitting gown, I am all proper,'” Driver mentioned. “When a producer – a person or lady or nonbinary particular person – distils an actor all the way down to what they understand as their sexiness, it is so dismissive of that particular person.”

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Driver has been making the press rounds in assist of her new memoir Managing Expectations, which was revealed Might 3.

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