This story first appeared in the Rambling Reporter column of the June 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Renowned hothead Alec Baldwin was seething mad when he arrived with fiancée Hilaria Thomas at the Calvin Klein IFP party May 17 in Cannes. Seeing some people he knew, he walked into the center of a room filled with models, celebrities and business people -- not to mention journalists -- and started telling anyone who’d listen what a “douche bag” Harvey Weinstein is.
“I don’t care who knows,” he said loudly. “After the success he had at Cannes last year and all the f---ing Oscars, he’s still a f---ing douche bag! I can’t believe it.”
Baldwin was peeved that Weinstein opted out of participating in Seduced and Abandoned, the Cannes doc he’s shooting with director James Toback. Word is, it started as something of a mockumentary but quickly morphed into a serious doc about financing films at the fest, with Francis Ford Coppola, Nicole Kidman, Roman Polanski and Marion Cotillard doing real interviews for it. Apparently, no one would agree to be in a mockumentary, so Baldwin and Toback revised the context -- fast.
A source close to the actor parses that Baldwin actually said the mogul, who unveiled footage from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master at Cannes, “was an a-hole, not a d-bag.” Both Baldwin and Weinstein's reps declined comment.
Meanwhile, Thomas was telling friends at the party that she loved her opening-night gala Dolce & Gabbana gown but couldn’t walk at all. Baldwin had to carry her up the Palais steps.