At long last, Kate Winslet has done a 180 on supporting Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. In the past, Kate’s response to working with Woody and Roman ranged from vague statements about, “regrets” with unnamed individuals to saying, “Errr…next question.” That’s all in the past. 2020 Kate Winslet has burned both of those bridges and isn’t going back.
The coronavirus pandemic has fucked over plenty of people, and we recently learned that the rich and/or famous are not immune to the far-reaching effects. No, I’m absolutely not talking about how hard it is to be isolated in a mansion. It was revealed last month that SAG-AFTRA, the labor union representing Hollywood actors and media professionals, decided to overhaul its SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in the middle of a pandemic, which would involve cutting health care coverage to certain members that didn’t meet certain earning requirements. An asshole move, considering it’s hard to meet earning requirements when your industry has shut down your ability to earn. So naturally, lots of actors were pissed, like Rosanna Arquette, who lost her coverage. And now here comes Hilary Swank to let us all know the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan was a mess long before COVID-19 hit.
I know we’re still all suppressing our gag reflexes at the mere mention of the grossest exposed-and-convicted studio head to ever exist. But I need to stress this story isn’t Weinsteiney in nature. It’s not even at the Les Moonves level. Yes, this story involves two studio heads who used and abused their privilege to get laid. But it also involves extortion, ambition, shady promises, and James Packer. And ultimately, it ends with two men getting caught, and getting fired. It’s the kind of story Ron Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara (seen above) would have probably fought over the movie rights to if still had their jobs.