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Read This: Harvey Weinstein Calls Errol Morris "Boring" in 1988 Letter About 'Thin Blue Line' Interview

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 12, 2013 at 1:05PM

The Letters of Note blog has unearthed a fantastic 1988 letter from Harvey Weinstein to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris. In it, Weinstein tells Morris that his NPR interview for the yet-to-be-released "The Thin Blue Line" wasn't so hot: "You were boring. You couldn't have dragged me to see 'The Thin Blue Line' if my life depended on it." Ouch. Full letter below.
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Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

The Letters of Note blog has unearthed a fantastic 1988 letter from Harvey Weinstein to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris. In it, Weinstein tells Morris that his NPR interview for the yet-to-be-released "The Thin Blue Line" wasn't so hot: "You were boring. You couldn't have dragged me to see 'The Thin Blue Line' if my life depended on it." Ouch. Full letter below.

Errol Morris
Errol Morris

As a reminder, "The Thin Blue Line" is now seen as a landmark documentary, it won numerous awards, and most notably exonerated the film's main subject, Randall Dale Adams, from Death Row -- which also ultimately proved incredible publicity for Weinstein's Miramax. But before all this came to pass, Morris, per Weinstein's letter, needed to "start being a performer and understand the media."

Weinstein also has some ideas about how Morris could spice up his description of the film ("It's scarier than NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET"), and goes on to ask for "casting suggestions" about an actor who could play Morris in interview if he continues to give answers in the same fashion.

Here's the letter. Head over to Letters of Note for the transcript.

Harvey Weinstein Errol Morris letter



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.