On the same night that he won 11 Oscars, no less...
James Cameron has revealed how he came close to hitting Harvey Weinstein with his Oscar in 1998 after becoming unhappy with the way he had treated Guillermo Del Toro.
The director explained that a brawl with the shamed Hollywood mogul was narrowly avoided during a commercial break on the same night that he scooped 11 Oscars for Titanic.
Describing the feud, he told Vanity Fair: “I remember almost getting in a fight with Harvey Weinstein and hitting him with my Oscar.
“It was happening on the main floor at the (theatre)… and the music had started to play to get back in our seats.
“The people around us were saying, ‘Not here. Not here’. Like it was OK to fight in the parking lot, you know, but it was not OK there when the music was playing, and they were about to go live.”
The 63-year-old director added: “Harvey came up glad-handing me, talking about how great they were for the artist, and I just read him chapter and verse about how great I thought he was for the artist based on my friend’s experience, and that led to an altercation.”
It is believed that Del Toro clashed with Weinstein on the set of Mimic. The feud was indirectly referenced during last month’s London Film Festival, when Del Toro described working with Weinstein as one of his worst experiences.
“I have got to tell you, two horrible things happened in the late nineties, my father was kidnapped and I worked with the Weinsteins”, he said.
The latest revelation from Cameron comes amid a series of sexual harassment allegations that have been levelled at Weinstein. He has denied wrongdoing.