Uber-producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal mocked President Obama in a volley of racially-charged e-mails, new hacked documents reveal.
The Hollywood power pair riff in the e-mails on what movies the president might like to chat about — naming only black-themed films or actors, including “Django Unchained,” “12 Years A Slave,” “The Butler,” and comedian Kevin Hart.
The crass exchange is begun by Pascal, who sought Rudin’s advice in advance of an Obama fundraising breakfast thrown in Oct. 2013 by DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast,” Pascal huffs in an e-mail to Rudin.
“Would he like to finance some movies,” Rudin suggests.
“I doubt it,” responds Pascal. “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” she adds, not-so-randomly referencing Quentin Tarrantino’s brutal, 2012 movie about slavery and revenge.
Rudin is more than game, piping in, “12 YEARS,” a reference to the powerful, Academy Award-winning historical drama “12 Years A Slave” from 2013.
“Or the butler. Or think like a man,” Pascal chimes in. “The Butler,” from 2013, depicts an African-American butler in the White House, and “Think Like A Man” is a 2012 romantic comedy about four African-American couples.
Rudin has one last suggestion for the commander-in-chief’s favorite flicks list.
“Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart,” he answers. “Ride Along” was a 2014 action comedy starring Hart and the rapper-actor Ice Cube.
The nauseating exchange is just the latest publicity soaking for Sony in a month-long, tsunami-like deluge of often-embarrassing in-house studio document leaks, all hacked and uploaded to public file-sharing sites by an anonymous group calling itself “Guardians of Peace.”
Some of the leaked material has been less embarrassing than just plain fun — including e-mails that surfaced Thursday giving a tantalizing peek at the next Bond movie, “Spectre.”
On Wednesday, Rudin was revealed to have e-mailed Pascal that actress Angelina Jolie is nothing but a “minimally talented spoiled brat” from “Crazyland.”
And there’s no sign of any letup.
On Thursday, the hackers issued broken-English threats of still further leaks.
“You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us,” the hackers taunted on Thursday.
“We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY.”
Senior executives at Sony have insisted as recently as Wednesday that hacks or no, they will release “The Interview” at Christmas.
Additional security was ordered for a red-carpet premiere of “The Interview” Thursday at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Deadline.com reported.
The studio banned interviews and television broadcasts from the red carpet.
“We want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie,” a sincere-sounding Rogen told the audience.
Well they sure know how to debase themselves in front of Al “Kingmaker” Sharpton and Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson
“I’m being proactive,” Pascal told The Hollywood Reporter about her conversations with both leaders. “And I want to accept responsibility for these stupid, callous remarks.”
Pascal and Rudin talked about what to ask Obama at a fundraising breakfast in the fall of 2013. The exchange suggested she bring up black-themed movies including “Django Unchained,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Butler,” as well as comedian Kevin Hart.
“It was a very preliminary conversation, and we just talked about getting together and hoping to discuss a healing process,” Pascal said of her conversation with Jackson.
On being labeled a racist, she said, “I know it’s not true. And I know that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I feel or what I’ve done. That certainly doesn’t reflect this studio and what we’ve done here.”
Pascal described Sharpton as “very warm” when asked how that conversation went. “I told him I’m coming to New York and will speak with him.”
When quizzed on if she’s being asked to step down from her position at Sony Pictures, Pascal debunked rumors. “That’s completely untrue,” she explained. “I still have the full support of the company.”
Both Pascal and Rudin issued public apologies for their behavior. She said the stolen communications were “insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”