Jason Priestley Reveals He Punched Harvey Weinstein in the Face

18 December, 2017, 03:43 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he was interested in casting Ashley Judd in the film before Harvey

A second director has stepped forward this week with claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein blacklisted actress Mira Sorvino and prevented her from being cast in films. I guess we all know what type of person now.

Even though Miramax didn't ultimately produce the films, leaving Jackson free to suggest any casting choices he wished to New Line, Jackson said that the damage had already been done.

Jackson recently told New Zealand's Stuff that Weinstein and his brother Bob are a pair of "second-rate Mafia bullies" who talked him out of casting Sorvino and Judd in the Lord of the Rings series in the late 1990s.

The 56-year-old filmmaker said he was unaware of the allegations against Weinstein while working him on projects including The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy, but was wary of collaborating again.

As for Sorvino, the statement explains that they did work together, on Guillermo Del Toro's "Mimic", and implies that Weinstein would not attempt to derail her career because she was, at the time, dating Quentin Tarantino, one of the company's most high-profile directors.

Sir Peter Jackson has returned serve against Harvey Weinstein.

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The "King Kong" helmer continued, "Nearly 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".

More information is coming in about all of the heinous acts that Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinsten committed against many industry members.

Terry Zwigoff, the director of 2003 comedy Bad Santa, tweeted on Saturday (December 16) that he was interested in casting Mira - but the Weinstein Company allegedly hung up on him when he proposed the idea. Both actors have alleged that they rebuked unwanted advances from Weinstein, and they believe their careers suffered as a outcome. "I'm really sorry Mira", he wrote.

"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".

Both Sorvino and Judd have thanked Peter for speaking out to explain why they were snubbed.

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