In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) entitled "Drake's Hotline to Hollywood: Inside an Ambitious Push Into Film and TV," the music star had some interesting revelations about turning down an opportunity to work with Harvey Weinstein.
Drake has made a recent foray into film and television producing, having already wrapped the documentary The Carter Effect, about NBA star Vince Carter, which is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, as well as plans for a revival of the British crime series Top Boy, which has him teaming up with Netflix for an anticipated 2019 debut.
.@Drake's hotline to Hollywood: Inside a push into film and TV https://t.co/Ve1svJ5zUM https://t.co/W5ZaDwtwaI— Hollywood Reporter (@Hollywood Reporter) 1510149630.0
And that's not including potential deals with Steve Golin, whose production company Anonymous Content has produced such critical darlings as Spotlight and Mr. Robot, and Apple, which Drake has claimed is letting him produce whatever he wants.
But it's his run-in with Harvey Weinstein a while back that has people talking.
According to THR, fellow music legend Jay-Z attempted the transition into producing just last year, and has already been burned by teaming up with The Weinstein Company. Not only was the company already financially strapped, but the allegations against Harvey have put three projects in danger, including In the Heights, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said, and an untitled film about Trayvon Martin.
This 'Drake lunging in an anachronistic Hollywood milieu' THR photoshoot is so Drake https://t.co/ODDvXRt8wl— Christopher Hooton (@Christopher Hooton) 1510153193.0
After the Weinstein harassment and assault allegations hit the news, it sent shockwaves through Hollywood, putting any project with his name attached in serious jeopardy.
But somehow Drake and his producing partner Future's better instincts allowed them to bypass the same pitfall.
According to THR:
"Ironically, Weinstein chased Drake to star in and produce a film called The Heist, but Drake rebuffed the overtures long before the mogul faced dozens of sexual harassment and assault claims. 'I vetted him with five people and got bad feedback about working with him,' Future says simply."
"Weinstein failed to pass Drake and Future's vetting process. 'I vetted him with five people and got bad feedback a… https://t.co/t0PST9pvcz— Eyasu (@Eyasu) 1510154331.0
Twitter was thankful that Drake didn't get caught up in the drama:
Drake is so woke his team knew not to work with Harvey Weinstein even before the accusations https://t.co/6pQImJ7J1n https://t.co/i35sEPAWCE— nick catucci (@nick catucci) 1510154968.0
harvey weinstein wanted to work with drake... thank God he dodged that bullet— 🐒 (@🐒) 1510150610.0
@catucci https://t.co/5RGl4752ky— zak ali (@zak ali) 1510168718.0
Although some felt bad for Jay-Z:
@Bklyn_Rock yeah, Jay doesn’t come off so well in this paragraph 😬— nick catucci (@nick catucci) 1510178808.0
The rest of the interview wasn't quite so sour, as Drake talked about his love of Harry Potter and Birkin Bags:
Drake loves Harry Potter and has been trying to buy the first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for… https://t.co/d6SnHyGxt3— Max Tani (@Max Tani) 1510152101.0
Drake is chasing a $160,000 first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I will fight him for it https://t.co/aCX6f5lsHX— Nicholas Hautman (@Nicholas Hautman) 1510151116.0
He reveals that he has been collecting Birkin bags for years, a gift for "the woman I end up with."— niki (@niki) 1510152702.0
@jewelwickershow suddenly very ready to marry drake— Amanda Coyne (@Amanda Coyne) 1510153031.0
And to cleanse your palate, let's finish with this video of Drake playing "finish the sentence:"
A round of finish this sentence with @Drake. https://t.co/9jYYhRh3HX— Hollywood Reporter (@Hollywood Reporter) 1510154283.0
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