Minnie Driver almost lost ‘goodwill hunt’, said she wasn’t sexy
Minnie Driver was just 26 when she auditioned for the role of Skylar in Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting.” It’s a performance that would earn Driver a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, but it’s the one she recently told The Telegraph that almost never happened because producer Harvey Weinstein thought “no one would want to fuck her”. Driver said Weinstein sent the sexist note to the film’s casting director.
“I remember feeling so devastated until I realised, ‘Wait, just consider the source for a minute. It’s an inexpressible pig – why the hell are you worried about that shit that says aren’t you sexy?” Driver said. “But there are ramifications to that: maybe I’m not going to get hired because people think I don’t have the sexual quality.”
Driver added: “How horrible to think I was one of the lucky [who escaped him] because he didn’t think I was fuckable. And how amazing and wonderful that this has changed and that the young men and women in my industry are not going to experience this.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for a first-degree criminal sex act and third-degree rape. But it’s not just the disgraced movie producer who took issue with Driver’s look. The actor recently told The Cut that a producer on the film also didn’t think she was sexy enough for “Good Will Hunting,” which Driver also found “devastating.”
“Being told at 26 that you’re not sexy when you maybe just got over all your teenage angst and started thinking, you know, ‘Maybe in the right light, the right shoes and the right dress, I’m all right,” Driver said. “When a producer — a man or a woman or a non-binary person — boils down an actor to what he perceives as his sex appeal, it’s so dismissive of that person.”
Driver has been doing the press rounds in support of his new memoir “Managing Expectations,” which was released May 3.