Hayek threat­ened Reit­man with le­gal ac­tion

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Salma Hayek threat­ened film­maker Ivan Reit­man with le­gal ac­tion af­ter a script was changed be­fore she au­di­tioned. The 50-year-old Mex­i­can beauty went to au­di­tion for a role in a film for the 'Twins' film­maker, but de­spite claim­ing she was orig­i­nally told the lead part would be al­tered to suit her na­tive lan­guage, her rep­re­sen­ta­tives were later told they'd be "crazy" if they thought they would ac­com­mo­date her for any­thing other than a "bimbo" part. Speak­ing to the Ob­server Mag­a­zine, the ac­tress said: "I've never said this to any­one, the name of the direc­tor, but it was Ivan Reit­man. "I was screen-test­ing for the lead in a film and they said that it was not writ­ten Latin, but they wouldn't mind chang­ing it. "I learned the script but when they sent me the pages for the au­di­tion there was none of the things I had learned, it was an­other role. "So my agent called them and they said, 'Are you crazy? She's Mex­i­can. We can change the race of the bimbo, but not the lead'. "And they said 'Ab­so­lutely un­der no cir­cum­stances'. So I said, 'OK, you tell them that they ei­ther see, or I'm go­ing to sue them'. "And they said 'There's no point in her com­ing, even if she had been the best au­di­tion she would have never got­ten the part... but now we hate her. Does she want to come know­ing that we detest her?' " Hayek hinted the film could have been 'Six Days, Seven Nights' - which fea­tured Anne Heche as a style mag­a­zine jour­nal­ist op­po­site David Sch­wim­mer and Har­ri­son Ford as her love in­ter­ests be­cause she ex­plained the ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated af­ter the film­maker was un­able to be­lieve a Mex­i­can could be a "fash­ion edi­tor". She said: "I thought that the direc­tor that could see Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Danny DeVito as twin and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger giv­ing birth to a child [in 'Ju­nior'] maybe could see a Mex­i­can as a fash­ion edi­tor. "I thought I owed it to the new gen­er­a­tion of Mex­i­cans. That if I got this right, maybe some­thing will shift." De­spite get­ting off to a bad start, the ac­tress bumped into the film­maker years af­ter and he apol­o­gized. Hayek said: "We had such a lovely con­ver­sa­tion. He was so el­e­gant. He said 'I was wrong'."

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