Butter, the comedy about a driven housewife (Jennifer Garner) who attempts to succeed her husband (Ty Burrell) as Iowa’s champion butter sculptor — only to be challenged by a young African-American upstart — has already generated extensive buzz because of its heavy modern political references. At tonight’s gala at the Toronto Film Festival, studio chief Harvey Weinstein left no doubt about the film’s political relevance. With many of the cast’s female stars on stage before the screening, Olivia Wilde — who plays a spurned stripper — read an email from Weinstein inviting Republican congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host the Iowa premiere of Butter… and discuss her stance on gay rights and women’s right to choose. Click below for the entire e-mail, which was well received by the Toronto audience.
While the Toronto audience chuckled, director Jim Field Smith retorted, “Leave it to Harvey to upstage me through email.”