The Letters of Note blog has unearthed a fantastic 1988 letter from Harvey Weinstein to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris. In it, Weinstein tells Morris that his NPR interview for the yet-to-be-released “The Thin Blue Line” wasn’t so hot: “You were boring. You couldn’t have dragged me to see ‘The Thin Blue Line’ if my life depended on it.” Ouch. Full letter below.
As a reminder, “The Thin Blue Line” is now seen as a landmark documentary, it won numerous awards, and most notably exonerated the film’s main subject, Randall Dale Adams, from Death Row — which also ultimately proved incredible publicity for Weinstein’s Miramax. But before all this came to pass, Morris, per Weinstein’s letter, needed to “start being a performer and understand the media.”
Weinstein also has some ideas about how Morris could spice up his description of the film (“It’s scarier than NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”), and goes on to ask for “casting suggestions” about an actor who could play Morris in interview if he continues to give answers in the same fashion.
Here’s the letter. Head over to Letters of Note for the transcript.