20 Facts About The Movie ‘Frida’ That Starred Salma Hayek And Was Produced By Harvey Weinstein
Quite a long went down back in the very early 2000s when director Julie Taymor and Salma Hayek collaborated to bring the story of Frida Kahlo to the big screen. The biopic drama starring Salma and Alfred Molina as Frida and Diego Rivera was set to be a box office success from the start. Still, in the years since it’s production, Salma Hayek has revealed that production was quite the $%*@ show.
Check out these 20 facts about the film!
1. The movie hints at Rivera being a cannibal.
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In the movie, when Kahlo first meets Diego she is spying on him flirting with a nude model. While he talks to the model he says that he could eat her wrapped in a tortilla. This part of the movie actually makes a reference to Rivera’s real-life autobiography where he describes practicing cannibalism on female cadavers in 1904.
2. Kahlo’s family adored Salma as the painter.
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Kahlo’s niece was so impressed with her performance in the film that she gave Hayek one of Kahlo’s necklaces.
3. Kahlo took on the role of a true artist in the film.
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Salma Hayek did some of the paintings in the movie.
4. Harvey Weinstein terrorized Hayek on the film set.
In an op-ed in the New York Times, Hayek said the producer threatened to shut down production for filming unless she agreed to a full frontal nude scene with another woman. Hayek had to take a Valium to follow through with the scene.
5. Hayek tried to sue Weinstein before filming.
Hayek had to sue Weinstein for breach of contract before the filming of the movie after he threatened to replace her with another actress despite the fact that she had brought the project to him with an agreement that she would produce and star in the film.
6. One of the actress’s from Pretty Woman was going to be in it.
Laura San Giacomo, the actress who plays Kit, was originally set to play Frida Kahlo but was dropped when fans objected to a non-Mexican playing Frida.
7. Harvey Weinstein became violent during filming.
During a test screening of the film, Weinstein became so upset that he ripped up the audience scorecards and threw that director Julie Taymor’s face. According to Hayek, Weinstein became so upset and violent that Taymor’s partner Elliot Goldenthal had to step between them.
8. De Niro wanted to play Diego.
During the development stages of the film, Robert De Niro expressed interest in the role of Diego Rivera.
9. In December 2017, the New York Times published an article by Salma Hayek detailing Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behavior.
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Hayek accused Weinstein of sexual harassement and attempts to add sex to the film and his refusal to support it once finished. Days after the article was issued, Weinstein published a statement that denied most of the allegations.
10. The entire film had some major editing done.
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The whole film was digitally color corrected to 2K resolution.
11. The film had a small opening.
In her op-ed for the New York Times, Kahlo detailed how Weinstein refused to give the film a wide release to attack her. The film premiered as the opening film at the 2002 Venice Film Festival.
12. JLO wanted to play Kahlo.
Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida Kahlo. It wouldn’t have been her only time playing a famous Mexicana in a movie. She had also played Selena in the autobiographical film on her life.
13. Madonna wanted in on the role.
Madonna, a known Frida Kahlo fan, owns quite a bit of the artist’s work, was reportedly eager to play the role. The actress has committed Brown face in films before. In 1996 she played the role of Eva Peron in the film “Evita.”
14. Producers considered putting another non-Latina in the main role as well.
For some time, Marisa Tomei was considered for the role of Frida Kahlo as well.
15. Madonna initially had been a main player in the film.Miramax Films
Madonna wanted to cast Marlon Brando as Diego Rivera.
16. Salma Hayek gained an Oscar nomination for her role.
It remains the only performance she has ever received an Oscar nomination for.
17. You can see non-actors in the film.
During one point, Frida and Leon climb the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan, about 25 miles from Mexico City. In the very distance, you can spot actual tourists in the mountains because the filmmakers were not allowed to close the site for production.
18. The movie gets its facts wrong.
When Frida loses the baby in the movie it occurs after Diego paints the Detroit mural, and they are already in New York. In real life, Frida lost the baby when Diego just started painting the Detroit mural in 1932. She lost the baby at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
19. The film was a success at the Oscars.
It was the only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee of its year to be nominated for Best Costume Design.
20. The movie has quite a bit of bloopers
When Frida is doing the drinking competition to dance with Tina, Diego Rivera’s face is wet/dry/wet between shots.
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