By Jeff Labrecque
September 14, 2011 at 05:25 AM EDT
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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.

In 20 years of coming to the Toronto Film Festival, I’ve never released a statement for a film. But 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 efforts that makes America great.

I look forward to hearing from Michele and I’m particularly looking forward to those classes on the Constitution.

All my best,


While the Toronto audience chuckled, director Jim Field Smith retorted, “Leave it to Harvey to upstage me through email.”

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