He threatened to hit Weinstein.
Amidst a flood of Homage to the late screen icon Paul Sorvino, who died of natural causes on Monday at the age of 83, one video in particular seemed to resonate with fans: a clip of the “Goodfellas” star threatening to take the life of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein suffocate The old cut 126,000 views accumulated on Twitter as social media praised the late actor for fighting off predators.
“It is indescribably reprehensible that women have been treated in this way,” Sorvino told local news outlet KCAL9 at a Golden Globes event in January 2018, addressing the high-profile scandal which featured several actresses – including the actor’s own daughter, Mira Sorvino Weinstein, 70, of rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment.
“If you had a phenomenal mother like me, you’re automatically a feminist. That’s why I have this wonderful wife,” added the Godfather of Harlem actor. “The reality is that anyone who takes advantage of women should be strangled in public, and I will volunteer.”
Social media praised Sorvino for his woman-friendly attitude.
Elsewhere in the interview, Sorvino addressed the horrific alleged incident involving his Oscar-winning daughter claimed she was blacklisted in Hollywood for rejecting Weinstein’s advances.
“She was rejected, we know that,” lamented the “Romeo + Juliet” star. “It’s a terrible thing. She deserves all the new looks and opportunities that she may not have had because she has it all, she has the whole package and she’s a great person.”
2017, now 54-year-old Sorvino said the New Yorker that Weinstein tried to massage her and “hunted her around” in a hotel room in 1995, then invited herself to her apartment a few weeks later, bypassed her doorman, and refused to leave until a friend she’d invited announced himself as her boyfriend spent arrived.
“I can’t say for sure if [my career] was affected,” admitted the Summer of Sam actress. “But I won an Oscar with Miramax. To no longer continue and act in their films, it makes no sense. I felt like if I had accepted Harvey’s advances I would have continued to make films with them and they were the people who won the Oscars that decade.”
According to director Peter Jackson, Weinstein prevented Mira Sorvino from being considered for a role in the hugely successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
That didn’t sit well with her father, who said TMZ 2018: “When I meet [Weinstein] On the street he has to hope that he will go to jail.”
“Because when we come over [one another]I think he’ll be kind of magical on the floor,” he added. “He’s going to jail. That son of a bitch, good for him if he goes because if he doesn’t then he has to meet me and I’ll kill that motherf-ker.”
Sorvino claimed at the time that he only found out about it sexual harassment and assault and to blacklist allegations against the producer of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ when the public did so, declaring: ‘If I had known, he wouldn’t be going. He would be in a wheelchair.
“My daughter is a wonderful person,” he said at the time. “A brave and wonderful human being who didn’t deserve to be treated like that by that swine. This pig will get his comeuppance. The law will get him. He will go to prison and die in prison. But if he doesn’t…I just punch him around. I won’t do anything terrible.”
After her father’s death Mira tweeted a moving tribute to the women’s rights activist.
“My father, the great Paul Sorvino, has passed away,” wrote the heartbroken Oscar winner. “My heart is torn – a lifetime of love, joy and wisdom with him is over.”
She added: “He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. Sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”