Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have addressed director Peter Jackson’s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s. Harvey Weinstein denied the allegation, through a spokesperson.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff, Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.

At the time, Jackson said, he and his team had no reason to question Weinstein’s intentions.

“In hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I
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