Director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam is lashing out at the #MeToo movement, likening it to “mob rule”.
“It’s like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle,” he tells the Associated French Press in Paris.
While he agrees Harvey Weinstein is “a monster”, the once-powerful producer has been the movement’s key target because he “is an a**hole and he made so many enemies.”
But even with all those “enemies”, Gilliam doesn’t think the #MeToo or Time’s Up movements will bring about real change in Hollywood, adding, “power always takes advantage, it always does and it always has.”
Gilliam goes on to criticize some of the 80 women who have spoken out against Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino and Lupita Nyong’o.
“It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t,” he says. “The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition.”
One person the “Brazil” director does feel sorry for is Matt Damon who he directed in the Weinstein-produced “The Brothers Grimm” in 2005.
“I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon who is a decent human being,” Gilliam explains. “He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!”
His comments drew the ire of several notable celebrities, including Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow.