The one where… David Schwimmer does not act like Harvey Weinstein
FRIENDS star David Schwimmer always seemed like a good guy — and now a story has emerged that shows he has done what he can to combat ‘casting couch’ culture.
Back in 2010, female film journalist Nell Minow was interviewing the actor-turned-director for his film Trust — coincidentally, the true story of a teenage girl who is targeted by an online sexual predator — when noise in the restaurant they were in grew too loud.
At this point, Schwimmer tentatively suggested that they retire to his room.
But before you go thinking this all sounds a bit like those seedy hotel room encounters movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have initiated, this story ends rather differently — with David offering to find a chaperone.
As Minow recalls: ‘I haven’t thought of that since it happened, but the Weinstein stories made me not just remember it but remember it in an entirely different context — as an indicator of the prevalence of predatory behaviour and as an indicator of Schwimmer’s integrity and sensitivity.
‘This wasn’t just about his being a good guy who would not have tried anything; he understood what it is like to have to be constantly on the alert and he wanted to make sure I understood I was safe.’
She added: ‘I just want to say thank you. And, also, your movie was very good.’
Author: Anna Thomson