Kevin Smith continues to be ready on unpaid royalty checks from Harvey Weinstein for his debut movie, “Clerks.”
Kevin Smith believes that Harvey Weinstein owes him royalty checks for his movie, Clerks.
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Weinstein distributed Smith’s debut film although his firm Miramax. In a brand new interview with Variety, Smith alleges that Weinstein by no means absolutely paid what he owed for the movie: “He was notorious for that. I did encounter that. And I’m still out money,” Smith defined. “But you got to understand, I never cared about the money. My whole career, my reps were like: ‘You’re supposed to be making far more.’ Money’s never been a motivator for me.”
“This much I know,” he continued. “They bought Clerks for $227,000. And the movie went out and made $3 million at the box office and stuff. And it took seven years for us to see any profit from that movie. For seven years, they were like, ‘Nope, the movie is still not in profit.’ And we were like, ‘How?’ And then there were things.”
By “things,” Smith goes on to clarify that the Clerks crew was billed for a yacht at Cannes Film Festival they weren’t even invited on.
“If I was a better business person, I would have gone for more money,” Smith says. “But it felt like – ‘Oh, there it is. That’s their process. Movie math.’ And, to be fair, I worked at studios and they have way more paperwork and you can see where every dime is going. But the nature of this business is everybody wants to keep as much money as they possibly can.”[Via]