The Weinsteins always enjoy a bit of controversy when it comes to their films, which is probably why it seems a little odd to see the larger than life Harvey Weinstein keeping so uncharacteristically quiet this time. The Guardian reports that the Weinsteins have been fielding complaints from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) over a scene in their upcoming immigration drama, Crossing Over. Resulting in writer/director Wayne Kramer making some changes to the screenplay.

The complaint originated with "an actor of Iranian descent not on the project but who read the screenplay took umbrage over the scene, in which an Iranian-American man kills his sister after discovering she has been having an affair with a Latino man." According to the president of the NIAC, the reason they made a formal complaint was that "Honour killings are accepted in some Middle Eastern cultures but not accepted in Iranian culture," and that, "They sometimes happen in remote areas of Iran, but there are no cases of Iranians doing this in the U.S." So far, no one on the production has commented on the revised screenplay or who the actor in question was.

Crossing has an all-star cast that includes; Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, and neither they or the Weinsteins have commented on the changes, or what took place during discussions with NIAC. But a spokesperson for The Weinstein Co. was quoted as saying, "While we believe strongly in freedom of expression, we also believe in the importance of constructive dialogue between artists and the communities they seek to portray." Maybe in the end, it's just not that big of a deal. Don't most screenplays go through all sorts of changes before they make it to the screen? I guess we'll never know; that is, unless someone starts talking.
categories Movies, Cinematical