Though Weinstein Co. COO David Glasser is more mild-mannered than Harvey Weinstein, he can show flashes of the same mercurial streak as his boss. He says he recently became downright apoplectic when a travel-agency snafu left him stranded in Shanghai with the wrong visa. "I am a yeller if anyone messes with my time efficiency," says Glasser, photographed Jan. 7 in his Beverly Hills office.
Is there any merit to the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands"?
"Absolutely not," says Glasser. "I think lately it's become like that urban legend people love to write about. Instead, let's call some filmmakers who have said, 'Harvey, take a look at this cut. Please come in. Give me your opinion.' They will all tell you that having Harvey for a set of eyes is a breath of fresh air. Harvey has an incredible vision, an incredible opinion. Not every idea that he has is the end all, be all. But when a filmmaker has delivered his cut of the movie, and Harvey can sit there with a fresh opinion, it's a breath of fresh air."
A 'Butler' Celebration
This clock, emblazoned with an approximation of the White House seal, was a gift from The Butler producers to commemorate the film’s No. 1 opening.
One of Many Mementos
Glasser’s office is studded with mementos from various films, including the poster for The Weinstein Co.'s 2011 Oscar winner The Artist, signed by the director and cast.
A Photo of Nelson Mandela Sits on Glasser's Desk
"We always have a good time with our Oscar campaigns because it's an incredible reflection of all the work," says Glasser. "From Telluride through Toronto and Venice until March, you only breathe for a few minutes. But when we rushed to get Mandela [to Toronto], it was a work in progress. In hindsight, that was probably not the smartest decision because then you look at the cut two months later and the reviews are spectacular. But at Toronto, they were just good."
'Django Unchained' Swag
"With every Quentin [Tarantino] movie, there's always amazing memorabilia," says Glasser of this mug for Tarantino's slavery epic, Django Unchained.
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