Weinstein made me blacklist Judd, Sorvino, says Peter Jackson

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he was interested in casting Ashley Judd in the film before Harvey

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he was interested in casting Ashley Judd in the film before Harvey

Actress Tara Strong first revealed the news on Twitter when she responded to a recent news article claiming Weinstein had ruined the careers of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, when he told Sir Peter Jackson not to hire them in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

The spokesperson said no blacklisting had taken place, and that both Judd and Sorvino had been cast in other Miramax productions like Frida, Crossing Over and Mimic.

"After this meeting we were told by Miramax to steer clear of both Ashley and Mira, because they claimed to have had "bad experiences" with these particular actresses in the past".

Jackson said that Walsh was in the same meeting and remembered the negative comments as clearly as he did. "I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women - and as a result their names were removed from our casting list".

In a new statement to Deadline, a representative for Weinstein disputed Jackson's claim, and insisted New Line, not Miramax, was in charge of casting for "The Lord of the Rings". They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem 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. He didn't say why Weinstein kicked him out though.

Sir Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein in happier times.

Director Terry Zwigoff says Harvey Weinstein discouraged him from casting Mira Sorvino in the 2003 film Bad Santa. Sorvino told the New Yorker that Weinstein behaved similarly with her around the same time and tried to pressure her into a physical relationship. Both actors have alleged that they rebuked unwanted advances from Weinstein, and they believe their careers suffered as a effect.

"Although his name had to be on the Lord of the Rings credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making", he added.

But hopefully things are improving as more and more unfortunate stories like this surface.

Sir Peter Jackson has returned serve against Harvey Weinstein.

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