Kevin Smith Will Donate Any Royalties From Miramax To Charity
Filmmaker Kevin Smith has enjoyed a fairly successful career, but recently it took a bit of a nasty hit.
Smith's 1994 debut Clerks was picked up by production company Miramax, which was founded by the Weinstein brothers, Bob and Harvey.
The latter has been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal as of late, with scores of women coming forward and bravely revealing the abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of the Hollywood executive.
Because of this, Smith has said that any royalties that come from his work with Weinstein will be donated to Women In Films, a nonprofit organisation that supports women filmmakers, Vulture reports.
He also added that should the company ever fold, which it probably should, he'd pay $2,000 (£1,520) of his own money a month to the organisation.
Last night at #megacontampa, @therealstanlee raised $25k for @feedingflorida & #hurricaneirma relief! Some lucky winner bid $3k for dinner with Stan. I played the role of auctioneer and got so caught up in the spirit of giving, I threw in a #jayandsilentbobreboot cameo that went for $6k. But the grand prize was 2 round trip tickets to Los Angeles as VIP guests at the @stanleecomiccon, dinner with #StanLee, and then you accompany the living legend to a @bep concert! The lucky winner bid $10k - every penny of which goes to #feedingflorida! The Man is responsible for some of our favorite fictional heroes; but last night in #tampa, Stan himself was a real hero! #KevinSmith #megacon #irma
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Smith was truly shocked at the allegations and felt betrayed that he'd had a friendship with the exec, not to mention having a number of his films distributed by his company.
On his Hollywood Babble-On podcast he said: "I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that's it... And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It's wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.
"I know it's not my fault, but I didn't fucking help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend. I didn't know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me."
He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed. https://t.co/T0hInW7EqJ
- KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 9, 2017
When asked about his thoughts on his former friend on Twitter, he replied: "He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed."
A number of the 47-year-old's films were made with Miramax, such as Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Zack And Miri Make A Porno, Clerks and Clerks II.
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