John Malkovich says his new play about Harvey Weinstein may ‘upset’ people

The performance will be premiered in London this summer

John Malkovich has said that his new play focusing on disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein may “upset” viewers.

Titled Bitter Wheat, the performance is set to make its world premiere in London’s West End this June. The play is being penned and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Mamet.

Speaking to BBC News, Malkovich – who portrays a depraved Hollywood producer called Barney Fein – has described the show as “a black farce about a very badly behaved media mogul”.


The Bird Box actor added that Weinstein was the play’s “starting point” and that it’s “a reaction to the all the news that came out [about him] last year”.

Harvey Weinstein – Credit: Getty Images

Speaking of the potential controversy Bitter Wheat could be met with, the 65-year-old said: “Of course it might upset people who’ve experienced the kind of treatment that the play contains and shows and describes. A lot of people may not like it.

“But what can I do about that? Personally I think it’s a terrific piece of writing.”

Meanwhile, a round-robin email from Harvey Weinstein to his friends has recently been leaked. “I’ve had one hell of a year,” Weinstein reportedly sent. “The worst nightmare of my life.”

The email also reportedly critiqued the police investigation and included links to articles that, according to Weinstein, revealed that “the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation.”


Weinstein was indicted on rape and criminal sex charges last year. A grand jury in New York confirmed the charges against him, despite Weinstein waiving his right to appear before the panel.

Weinstein has been accused of rape by multiple women, allegations he “unequivocally denies”. The film producer was also sacked from the board of The Weinstein Company, following a series of sexual harassment accusations, some of which date back decades.