Thandie Newton had revealed what prompted her to play in “Charlie’s Angels”.
The Westworld star, 47, recently opened up at Vulture, where she discussed her encounters with film director Joseph McGinty Nichol – also known as McG – and Amy Pascal, then head of Sony Pictures, which distributed the film.
In the interview, Newton said that “Charlie’s Angels” of the 2000s is “one of the greatest films [she] didn’t end up doing. ”
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“… The director said to me, ‘I can’t wait for this. The first hit is going to be … You’re going to think it’s like yellow lines on a road, and you step back and realize it’s the seam, because the denim is so tight on your a – it’ll look like tarmac, ”she recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together. “”
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Newton then met with 62-year-old Pascal to further discuss the role.
“Then the head of the studio – I had a meeting with her, and she said, ‘Look, I don’t want to be politically incorrect, but the character as written and you play the role, I just the impression that we have must ensure that it is credible, ”remembers the actress.
Newton continued, “I was like, ‘What do you mean? What changes would you have to make? She said, “Well, you know, the character, as it is written, she went to college and studied. I say to myself, “I went to university. I went to Cambridge. She replied, “Yeah, but you’re different. »»
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The Emmy Award winner said Pascal suggested a scene in a bar featuring Newton climb on a table and “shake his loot.”
“She’s breaking down these stereotypes about being more convincing as a black character,” said the star. “Everything she said, I thought, ‘No, I wouldn’t do that. She said, “Yeah, but you’re different. You are different. It was Amy Pascal. It’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it: I didn’t make the film accordingly. ”
Pascal was at the center of a similar controversy in 2015 when emails were leaked in which she and producer Scott Rudin discussed whether Barak Obama would prefer films with black castings.
As a result, Pascal resigned from his post but remained a basic producer within the company, notably on “Little Women” and the latest films “Spider-Man”.
The publication received a statement from Pascal on this subject.
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“Although I take her words seriously, I have no memory of the events she describes, nor any of her representatives who were present at this casting session,” said the producer. “I have long considered Thandie to be a friend; I am grateful to have had the chance to make films with her and I hope to be able to work with her again in the future. ”
Representatives from Sony, Nichol and Pascal did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Fox News.