Harvey Weinstein ‘stole’ credit for Carol, confirms film’s producer
The producer of celebrated lesbian film Carol has confirmed that Harvey Weinstein had no creative input to the film, and instead “stole” a production credit.
Producer Elizabeth Karlsen has claimed that now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein did not creatively contribute to Carol, confirming previous statements made by Cate Blanchett.
The celebrated lesbian film, which picked up a string of awards in 2015, starred Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in love in the 1950s.
Weinstein was listed as an executive producer on the film, but in an interview with Variety, Blanchett – who has spoken in solidarity with women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment – insisted he had little involvement.
In the interview before the Cannes Film Festival, Blanchett said: “He was brought on as the producer on many films that I had absolutely no say on. I didn’t have a creative or functional relationship with him.”
In a series of comments on the Variety article, Karlsen echoed this, stating that Weinstein had no creative input and instead stole the credit and financial gain he received from the film.
She wrote: “This is a frequent and frustrating misrepresentation of Harvey Weinstein and his role — he was a distributor who stole the producing credit (as well as the financial rewards) from the actual producers who sourced, developed, filmed and fully created the work as we did with Carol.”
Karlsen added: “[Weinstein] was not a producer on the film. Neither he nor TWC [The Weinstein Company] were involved in the development of the film nor had any script, editorial, casting, or other type of creative involvement in the film whatsoever.
“They [The Weinstein Company] acted solely as distributors.
“Had we had an offer equal to or greater than the TWC offer for U.S. distribution rights we would have taken it, but we didn’t.”
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