“If you take Harvey Weinstein out of the equation, you’re talking about removing one more layer of soul and passion and emotion from the movie business, which is already strapped on that level as it is. Whatever you say about his business dealings, Harvey loves and cares about movies. In this sense he’s one of the last guys who represent what Hollywood once was and should always be in terms of the spirit. It would be a tragic thing if we didn’t have him or his ilk in this business.
“Without guys like Harvey in the film business would be all corporate guys and Hollywood would become like Gotham City in The Dark Knight…no sense of history or soul, full of dark operators and cynical angles.” — Envelope columnist Pete Hammond during a chat about the Harvey-is-on-the-ropes articles by the Hollywood Reporter‘s Gregg Goldstein and Business Week‘s Ronald Glover.