How does an audience now watch Frida, the Weinstein-produced biopic about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, when viewers are aware the producer coerced its star, Selma Hayek , into performing a nude lesbian love scene — saying he would pull the movie if she refused? When you know that love scene was intended purely to sate the perversions of one crude bully, it loses all its luminosity. Who wants to be complicit in an act of abuse? And for the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown: my body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears. When we watch Belle de Jour , as opposed to Naughty Little Nymphos 2, we feel we have critic-sanctioned permission to view explicit fantasies.
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In it, she explains why she has been reticent to speak out before now, and how she put up with bad behavior as a little-known actress from Mexico trying to get ahead in her career in the US. A passion project for Hayek many in Mexico regard Kahlo as a national hero and icon , she says Weinstein supported her starring in the movie. However, Hayek says there was a price to pay. She repeatedly had to turn down his alleged advances.
Gratuitous lesbian sex scenes were a problem long before Harvey Weinstein
In an opinion piece for The New York Times , Hayek, 51, revealed she was urged by friends - including Ashley Judd - to open up about her experiences with the Miramax mogul, but didn't because she thought she had "brainwashed" herself "into thinking that it was over" and that she "survived". While working on Miramax's Frida, for which she earned an Oscar nomination, Hayek learned her good friend Weinstein, 65, wasn't the person she thought he was. He had validated the last 14 years of my life. He had taken a chance on me - a nobody.
Loading content The response comes after Hayek wrote an explosive opinion piece in which she detailed how she was stalked by Harvey Weinstein for a decade, forced to do a lesbian scene with close friend Ashley Judd to appease him and how he once threatened to kill her. Hayek writes in The New York Times that once he said he would green light her passion project, Frida, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, she had to start saying no to him.