'Grace of Monaco' Writer Defends Harvey Weinstein, "Catastrophe" Film During Lifetime Premiere

'Grace of Monaco'

Screenwriter Arash Amel live-tweeted the film's TV debut, sharing behind-the-scenes info, comments on the biopic's misinterpretations and a defense of Nicole Kidman's performance.

The record regarding Grace of Monaco has been set straight, thanks to screenwriter Arash Amel.

The buzzy biopic, which featured Nicole Kidman as star-turned-princess Grace Kelly, was directed by Olivier Dahan and focuses on a period in the early 1960s when Monaco was involved in a standoff over taxes with France, and Grace was contemplating a return to Hollywood. With U.S. distribution rights picked up by The Weinstein Co., the film was originally scheduled for release in late 2013, and given the names involved — the cast also features Tim Roth, Frank Langella and Parker Posey — some had viewed it as a potential Oscar contender.

However, TWC pulled it out of awards contention and shifted its release to March 2014, as Dahan lashed out at Harvey Weinstein over the movie's final cut. "They want a commercial film smelling of daisies, taking out anything that exceeds that which is too abrupt, anything that makes it cinematic and breathe with life," he said. That release was scrapped, but the film opened last year's Cannes Film Festival — after Grace's children blasted the picture as "needlessly glamorized and historically inaccurate" and boycotted the Cannes red carpet. The critically-panned film was then picked up by Lifetime, on which it debuted Monday night.

Amel live-tweeted the film's premiere, sharing behind-the-scenes information and comments on the biopic's misinterpretations, and defending both Weinstein's attempts to "save the catastrophe" and Kidman's lead performance.

He kicked off his commentary on the premiere by saying his purpose was to offer "an explanation" and "an apology" with regard to what he called his "filmmaking Vietnam" experience:

Minutes into the debut, Amel clarified which cut was being shown, among the many that exist, and where and when the film was a success:

He also clarified the creative choices onscreen — many of which he took part in, with Weinstein:

And amidst his praise for Gigi Lepage's costumes and Dan Weil's production design, Amel also praised Kidman's performance:

So after an evening of explanation, will a writer's cut ever exist? He responded on Twitter:

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