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'The Artist' producer Harvey Weinstein gets Obama movie pitch: No comment

weinsteinHarvey031012_optBY DANIEL REYES
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

President Obama may be looking into back-up careers if the November Presidential Election doesn’t go his way.

His latest endeavor? Pitching an unnamed spy novel to movie producer Harvey Weinstein, most recently know for his work as the producer of the Academy Award winning film, "The Artist."

Weinstein said in an interview with the Times of London (via NPR) that, “The President sent me a book the other day and said, ‘Why don’t you make this into a movie?’”

Weinstein, a large fundraiser for the Democratic party, has donated over $75,000 to democratic campaigns this election, according to the Huffington Post.

So maybe he earned himself a little "wiggle room" with the President.

“I sent him an e-mail back saying he was the most overqualified book scout I’ve ever had,” he said in the interview.

The Weinstein Co. told The Wrap it had no comment on the pitch.

Weinstein has been attracting presidential attention lately, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy personally nominating Weinstein for the prestigious 2012 Legion d’Honneur, for his contribution to cinema.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from President Sarkozy and the people of France. All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world,” Weinstein said in a statement before the ceremony that would make him a member of the French Legion of Honor.

 

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