Hawn explained, while appearing Sunday on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, that she feuded with Weinstein while working on a film version of Chicago that never got made. While the Broadway show was eventually turned into a 2002 movie that took home the Best Picture Oscar in 2003, Hawn said she and Madonna worked an earlier version.
When Hawn received the script, however, she noticed her part was written for someone decades younger. She’s now 74, so she would have been in her 40s at the time.
“I called him and said, ‘Well, you know, I’m not 23. Who’s writing my part for a 23-year-old?’” Hawn said. “And [Weinstein] said, ‘Well, actually. You can't play 23... I said, ‘Oh, I can actually. There’s digital, you can do my face, you can make me look 12 if you want to. I’m still dancing and singing, so you’re not gonna get off that way Harvey. So how else are you going to do it?’”
She said to him, “That was really underhanded of you. Why don’t you just come out and say you want to [make the movie] with somebody else?”
The two “got into it” then. The First Wives Club star didn’t like the script anyway — she thought it lacked emotion — and told Weinstein it was “so bad” that “as a producer, not an actress, I wouldn’t touch this with a 10-foot pole.”
Hawn exited the project, but her contract stipulated that she be paid whether or not she appeared in the movie. Weinstein did the “honorable” thing and followed through on that, she said, which she called “amazing.”
The actress noted that Weinstein eventually did hire the right people for the project. She said she congratulated him on the blockbuster that resulted.
In 2009, Hawn’s actress daughter, Kate Hudson, appeared in another Weinstein musical, Nine.
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