Harvey Weinstein Invites Michele Bachman to Premiere of 'Butter'

Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:24pm EDT

At the premiere of the political satire "Butter," Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein extended an invitation to Michele Bachmann to cohost to the American premiere of the movie in Iowa.

The movie is an ensemble comedy with Jennifer Garner playing a Bachmann-like character who is an aggressive contestant in a butter sculpture contest.

Olivia Wilde, who is in the film, read the statement at the premiere of the movie at the Toronto Film festival

"I know Michele will already be in Iowa for the caucus, so we can save some money on airfare and travel," went Weinstein's statement. "I would of course be more than happy to fly in the other leading members of the Tea Party movement to make an entire day of it."

In the movie, which also stars Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone,  a young orphan (Shahidi) discovers a talent for butter sculpture in an Iowa town where her adoptive family lives. The talent pits her against the ambitious wife (Garner) of the reigning champion (Ty Burrell) in the annual butter sculpture competition.

Funny, but before the festival, most movie summaries compared Garner's character to Sarah Palin. Apparently Weinstein feels that Bachmann is more in the Zeitgeist.

No immediate word was forthcoming from Bachmann's camp.

Here's the full statement by Weinstein: 

"I would like to take this moment to formally invite Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota and Republican presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann, to co-host with me the big premiere of Butter in Iowa in a few months from now. I know Michele will already be in Iowa for the caucus, so we can save some money on airfare and travel. I would of course be more than happy to fly in the other leading members of the Tea Party movement to make an entire day of it. We could take some math classes in the morning to help balance the budget, brush up on the Constitution in the afternoon, play some ping-pong and then maybe some verbal ping-pong on gay rights and women's rights (especially the right to choose). But at night we can all go hand-in-hand to the premiere of BUTTER, a fun and important film where we'll share some popcorn and laughs. These are the kind of bipartisan effort that makes America great."

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