'Bad Santa' Director Says The Weinsteins Blocked Mira Sorvino From The Film

Calvin Saunders
December 17, 2017

In the wake of disgraced movie star Harvey Weinstein denying Hollywood director Peter Jackson's allegations of pushing actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino out of the "Lord of the Rings", the latter has released a statement obtained by Deadline, citing aspects of Harvey's denial as "insincere". She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career.

Almost 20 years later, we read about the sexual misconduct allegations being made against Harvey Weinstein and we saw comments by both Mira and Ashley, who felt they had been blacklisted by Miramax after rejecting Harvey's sexual advances.

"I remember this well", said Judd, in response to Stuff's story, linking to the article in her Twitter post.

During his own interview, Jackson told not just of Weinstein's treatment of the actresses but said he behaved shamefully with everyone else involved in the film.

"At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us - but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing".

Reuters is unable to independently confirm the misconduct allegations and Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't. Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. "This was probably in 1998", Jackson told writer Dani McDonald.

The exchange began with a tweet from actress Mira Sorvino.

"In the 18 months we developed the Lord of the Rings at Miramax, we had many casting conversations with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and their executives", Jackson wrote.

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It added that Sorvino called Weinstein earlier this year to ask if her husband, actor Christopher Backus, could be cast in the TV series "Six" that he was producing "and Mr. Weinstein cast him".

This year Sorvino opened up to The New Yorker in October about her Weinstein experience.

She went on to claim her career was affected by the Weinstein snub, adding, "I won an Oscar with Miramax". In his new rebuttal, which came out Friday morning, Mr. Jackson includes his wife in a detailed explanation of exactly how decisions are made in Hollywood-through a studio funnel.

"Movie making is much more fun when you work with nice people", Jackson said.

If they could not find a replacement, they would go with Weinstein's plan to make just one film, he recalled.

Weinstein threatened to sack Jackson from the LoTR adaptation if the director didn't follow Weinstein's demands to make the proposed two-part film into one.

In these film maker/studio relationships, there has to be consensus in casting choices - either side can generally veto suggested names for various reasons, and in pre-Lord of the Rings days, we didn't have the power to override the studio on casting choices.

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