According to Taki, writing in Takimag.com and in the London Spectator, Robert Redford invited Harvey Weinstein for a midday meal, then, after the producer ordered and put away two bottles of Mouton Rothschild, stuck him with the bill.
Opines the Greek diarist: “It seems Bob Redford is very slow on the draw. In the old west that existed only in the movies he would have died in the first reel. He would jump the turnstiles in the subway if he rode the underground.”
Weinstein told Taki that he received a call from Redford asking him to lunch. “Harvey reminded him that he, Harvey, had never ever not picked up the check for these last 25 years. ‘This time it’s definitely on me’, said Redford.”
“So Harvey suggested The Monkey Bar, where they serve some extremely expensive wine. Once they ordered lunch, Weinstein asked for the most expensive bottle the joint had on the menu, an extraordinary Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1957, or something like that. He then asked for a second bottle and finished that too.”
“Redford asked for the bill, but once it came he started fumbling for his wallet and his credit cards. ‘I seem to have misplaced it’, he mumbled.”
“Harvey then pretended to lose his temper and accused the actor of being a worse actor in life that he is on the screen. But Harvey ended up paying and he didn’t even want to drink that day, he only wanted to make Redford pay. Such are the joys of having famous screen friends. You always end up paying the bill.”
And the piper—but at least you get a good story out of it.