“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