Mr. X, a.k.a. The Vegas Take’s favorite “medium-level producer” called in to talk Hollywood and share his thoughts on Ricky Gervais’ epic opening monologue at the Golden Globes.
With a name like Mr. X, you’re either a Marvel supervillain, CIA agent, or a Trump supporter in a sea of Hollywood liberals. There’s no way you can call yourself Mr. X and not have balls.
Mr. X gave Ricky Gervais mad props for his no holds barred roast of the Hollywood elite, including the hilarious line: “If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d all go call your agents.”
Mr. X was right on the money with his observations on the audience response: “Everyone in Hollywood is clapping like they love it, but there’s also this weary sense of laughter- where people’s eyes aren’t actually laughing and they look a little terrified.”
Gervais picked up 300,000 new Twitter followers within 24 hours of the Golden Globes broadcast, proving the general public also gleefully enjoyed watching him rip Hollywood a new one. Mr. X agreed that it was live TV gold: “It was very timely, especially with all of this Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette nonsense. He calls everyone out on their B.S.”
The conversation then shifted to former big-shot Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. Shapiro pointed out how screwed Weinstein is with his court case. Mr. X agreed: “He’s a scapegoat that’s just taking everything. He’s the figurehead for all of this.”
Mr. X disagreed with the TVT crew that Weinstein’s legacy is “disgraced” in the Hollywood community. Mr. X stated Weinstein still gets a lot of respect within the industry: “People outside don’t understand just how powerful he is. Miramax was God at one point. If you got the opportunity to work with Harvey, you were set. He was at the top of the heap. That takes a lot of time to wear off. There are still a lot of people who love and respect him. It’s kind of odd how screwed the dynamic is.”
Sharp asked Mr. X the question most of us “commoners” wonder- was Harvey Weinstein really THAT talented, or that good of a business man? Why was he so successful in a town with thousands just like him?
“He was the best in a long, long time of finding talent. That’s rare,” Mr. X explained.
Weinstein was infamous for finding and funding great scripts, one of the prime examples being Good Will Hunting (written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon). He also backed several Tarantino films.
Shapiro pointed out that Weinstein was using a walker to come to court, and moving like a 95 year old man, but in a different video, he is shown walking up the stairs just fine.
“What other options does he have?” Mr. X replied. “He’s not a sympathetic guy.” He even pointed out that other celebrities who’ve been accused of assault, like Louis C.K. for example, have come across as “having a problem” or just having a one-time incident. In Weinstein’s case, however, it’s viewed as systematic rape and abuse by a horrible monster.
Shapiro then shifted the conversation to members of the Hollywood elite who are still worshipped, like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Scorsese and De Niro. Shapiro pointed out that each one of these superstars recently got paid around 13 million for a 15 minute film that took 2 days to shoot. It was funded by a Chinese Casino company. The total budget was 70 million.
Mr. X did not seem the slightest bit surprised: “There’s a LOT of money in China, and the government keeps it all for themselves. There’s his strange duality in the industry, where everyone wants to go to China because there’s so much money there. Yet, it’s an awful country that treats its citizens terribly.”
Yet, the old cliché rings true because money talks, and the Chinese love throwing money at iconic American actors.
Speaking of iconic Americans, Mr. X is one of them, as an H-town producer living the dream. Shapiro asked what a typical weekend for him looks like. While we all envisioned a guy who’s banging the hottest ingénue, or riding down Sunset Boulevard in his new Ferrari, Mr. X decided to keep it classy and (in his words) a little boring: “Right now I’m doing a lot of writing, and preparing to direct my next film, which involves immeasurable amounts of phone calls and repeating myself to people. And having people with no opinions asking for mine over and over again.”
If you’re planning a trip to L.A. and want to solve the mystery of who (the nameless and faceless) Mr. X is, you can find him dining at Sir, or Tom Tom in West Hollywood.
But don’t try to locate him inside the Intelligentsia coffee shop, because he’s done with all the hipsters there: “I saw this guy in there writing on an actual typewriter. I think another guy had a quill pen. I wanted to strangle him.”
Hopefully Mr. X isn’t done with calling into TVT to give us first-hand Hollywood scoop and insights.