Malkovich to play Weinstein-like character on stage

LONDON • Barney Fein is a depraved Hollywood mogul - "a bloated monster" - whose fall from grace can be seen in London's West End starting in June. He is also based in part on disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Bitter Wheat, written and directed by David Mamet and starring John Malkovich, will open at Garrick Theatre in London on June 7 for a limited run, the theatre announced on Tuesday. Mamet wrote the play in response to the #MeToo allegations against Weinstein and others in Hollywood, the theatre said.

On Tuesday, Malkovich told BBC radio that he expected "a lot of people" not to like the work, which he called a "black farce".

"Of course, it might upset people who've experienced the kind of treatment that the play describes and that we watch," he said. "But what can I do about that? I think it's a terrific piece of writing."

Asked if comedy was a suitable genre for discussing such issues, he said: "A lot of great plays elicit the question, 'Do I laugh or do I cry?' And I think a lot of great comedy exists at the crossroads between pain and farce."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2019, with the headline 'Malkovich to play Weinstein-like character on stage'. Subscribe