Bad Santa director claims Weinsteins blacklisted Mira Sorvino from movie

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Terry Zwigoff, who made the 2003 film Bad Santa, said overnight that he was potentially looking to cast Sorvino in a key role, but that he was prevented from doing so by the Weinsteins, who were then in charge of production house Miramax. "There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure".

Sir Peter Jackson says the Weinstein brothers behaved like "second-rate Mafia bullies".

'At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us - but in hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. A spokesperson for Weinstein disputed the account, saying that his company Miramax was not involved in casting, which was handled by New Line.

"I remember this well", said Judd, in response to Stuff's story, linking to the article in her Twitter post. They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't.

Weinstein's alleged blacklisting led to both of the actresses missing out on roles in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films because of negative things the brothers had said about them, according to the report.

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Weinstein and Jackson crossed paths in the late 1990s when Jackson was pitching his early plans for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films to the Weinstein-led studio Miramax.

Sorvino also retweeted it, adding: "Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. This was probably in 1998", Jackson told writer Dani McDonald.

She says that he tried to give her a massage, before chasing her around a hotel room at the Toronto Film Festival in 1995.

Now, Peter Jackson fills in the gaps.

This year Sorvino opened up to The New Yorker in October about her Weinstein experience. He did not leave until she lied and said that her boyfriend was on the way over.

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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.

"The movies changed hands from Miramax to New Line before casting actually got underway - but because we had been warned off Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to assume we'd been told the truth, Fran and I did not raise their names in New Line casting conversations", the statement added.

Director Peter Jackson made the revelations this week after staying quiet on the scandal for months.

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. "When Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to peruse the opportunity".

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