Monday 19 March 2018

Dench: I mooned Harvey Weinstein

Judi Dench for Best Actress in Philomena
Judi Dench for Best Actress in Philomena

Dame Judi Dench has admitted she did once moon Harvey Weinstein in a restaurant.

The 79-year-old Philomena star claims after working with the producer on eight films she owes her big screen career to him. Harvey has previously revealed the British actress once showed him a tattoo of his name on her behind after he refused to believe she had had it tattooed there.

Asked about the incident, Dame Judi told The Hollywood Reporter: "I'm so glad that that's universal news, I'm really glad.

"I once said to him, 'I have your named tattooed on my bum.' He laughed and was well, quite embarrassed, actually. It's quite difficult to embarrass Harvey, but I did! And then, we went out to lunch, to the Four Seasons. Charlie Rose was there and I think my agent was there.

"Beforehand, I got my make-up lady to actually write Harvey's name. Then I brought it up at lunch and said, 'You know, I do have it on my bum' - and then I actually got up and showed him! I've never seen a man more embarrassed and I've never let him forget it."

She added: "Perhaps I should have it done and really shock him!"

Since turning 60, Dame Judi has earned six Oscar nominations and five of them have been for films made by Harvey.

She said: "It's always Harvey, isn't it? You see? I should have a whole book tattooed there!"

The acclaimed film, theatre and television actress added: "I owe a great deal to him. I mean, Mrs Brown was made for television, he saw it and he said, 'No, this is a movie.' And so it was shown and then I went back to America after 38 years of being away - I hadn't been there with the Old Vic. I went back for the first time and now I think it's, oh, seven to eight films I've done with Harvey. It is thanks to him that I've got a film career."

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