Peter Jackson: Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino and Judd

Lawrence Kim
December 16, 2017

Peter Jackson is standing by comments he has made about not casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in Lord of the Rings, confessing he fears he may have been an "unwitting accomplice" of a smear campaign.

Jackson and Weinstein were in business together as Jackson was putting the pieces together for what would be his massively successful three-picture franchise "The Lord of the Rings".

When Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy was first put into development, it was under Weinstein's Miramax company. "That was a Dimension film (Bob Weinstein) and Harvey had nothing to do with it".

Jackson's quotes elicited an emotional response from Sorvino.

"I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a CLICK", Zwigoff wrote.

"There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure", she said.

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.

Nearly every story of Harvey Weinstein scandal included a fear of losing opportunities in the race of making a career in Hollywood industry, not only Sorvino and Judd but many women who came forward and accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct can relate this. "I guess we all know what type of person now". This was probably in 1998. It later moved to New Line Cinema.

Peter's statement goes on to state that after the actresses came forward to allege that Weinstein "blacklisted" them after they rejected his "sexual advances", he felt the need to speak out about his own experience when trying to hire the two stars. "I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing".

Jackson said, "I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women - and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list".

Weinstein's name was included in the credits of Lord of the Rings for contractual reasons, despite the fact he did not work on the trilogy. "Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people". Jackson has now taken issue with the Weinstein statement, insisting parts of the producer's statement are "insincere", adding, "He is basically saying that "this blacklisting couldn't be true because New Line cast the movie".

"I vaguely remember bumping into him (Weinstein) at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it's been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein".

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