This is not a good time for handshakes. Because you never know if the other person is infected with the pesky COVID-19. Or, for that matter, if he had just peed on his hands. Just ask Ron Perlman.
In June 2018, Perlman tweeted that he once peed on his hands before shaking Harvey Weinstein’s at a public event. The post went viral, but we never know for sure whether the Hellboy star was serious or just yanking our chain.
Did I ever tell ya about when Harvey Weinstein told me to make sure I shook his hand at a charity event, so I stopped in the mens room and pissed all over my hand, then went straight up to him on the receiving line? I think about that every time lil donnie opens up his KFC.— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 25, 2018
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Perlman, 69, gave an in-depth account of what really transpired in his encounter with Weinstein, who’s now serving a 23-year prison sentence after being found guilty of rape in the third degree and a first-degree criminal sexual act.
The face-off, make that piss-off, happened at a Weinstein-hosted charity event at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, which Perlman attended while taking a break from filming Blade II in Prague.
“I never really had a relationship with Harvey but I wanted to show up to one of his charity events,” said Perlman. “When I got on the phone with him to request a ticket, he just acted like a f***in’ piece-of-shit pig, like, ‘Who are you to ask me? Do you know who I am?’
“He thought I was returning the Revlon guy’s phone call [Ron Perelman], which is why he returned my phone call in the first place, and when he realised I was just the actor he just went off on me.”
“I said to him, ‘Well, it’s okay, Harvey, I managed to get a ticket between the time I called you and now, so I’ll be there tonight.’ And he said, ‘Oh, you’ll be there? Well, make sure you shake my hand out of respect.” And I said, “Oh yeah, Harvey, I sure will.”
Perlman then made a trip to the loo, ahem, soiled himself, and the rest is piss-tory. Did Weinstein notice anything odd about that handshake? Said Perlman: “Well, he knew it was clammy… I’m hoping he read the tweet where I finally outed myself.”
We can only imagine that yucky moment looks something like the classic(k) ‘Stink Palm’ scene in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats, where Jason Lee’s slacker gets back at meanie Michael Rooker by extending him an excrement-tainted handshake.
In the Daily Beast interview, Perlman said the piss-shake “was a one-off”. It was a small price to pay to spite someone as mean as Weinstein. He added, “But there aren’t many people that deserve that move like Harvey Weinstein did.”
The moral of the story: Don’t cross Ron Perlman. And if you do, don’t shake his hands.
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