*Sony’s email hack job continues to create drama as the latest round of leaked messages reveal a producer’s opinion about having Denzel Washington star in potential blockbusters that play overseas.
According to RadarOnline.com, the unnamed Sony producer cited an international market that is too “racist” as the reason why Washington shouldn’t star in films that Sony plans to market outside the U.S. All because the two-time Oscar winner is black. News of the new email leaks was made known by the site on Wednesday.
“No, I am not saying ‘The Equalizer’ should not have been made or that African-American actors should not have been used (I personally think Denzel is the best actor of his generation),” the producer explained while mentioning Washington’s popular action thriller.
Despite his personal opinion of the entertainer, the producer used baseball terminology to describe the reaction to “The Equalizer abroad, warning that casting Washington “is saying we’re OK with a double if the picture works.”
“He’s reliable at the domestic, safe, but has not had a huge success in years,” the producer wrote in the email, which was addressed to Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton. The executive’s response to the producer is not revealed, Radar Online noted.
“I believe that the international motion picture audience is racist — in general pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas,” the producer shared.
Released in September, “The Equalizer” was a success at the box office with $191 million made worldwide. Despite this, only 47 percent of the film’s gross came from overseas, a point made by the producer, who mentioned that a much higher percentage, closer to 65 percent, of the money made by a blockbuster should be generated overseas.
In addition to Washington, Angelina Jolie has received her share of criticism from Sony execs via the hacked messages. The actress/director, who starred opposite Washington in “The Bone Collector,” was slammed again in the latest emails as Scott Rudin weighed in on Jolie’s planned remake of “Cleopatra.”
“She is seriously out of her mind,” Rudin wrote to a colleague after Jolie continued going back and forth over whether her character should be bald. Back in ancient times, many Egyptian women shaved their heads in ancient times.
Apparently, the action is something Jolie has been contemplating for a good bit. An important thing for her, but obviously a meaningless thing in Rudin’s eyes.