As you may be aware, Sony Pictures, the film side of the technology giant, was hit by a company-wide hack of epic proportion on November 24th. Tons of prospective movie plans, along with some hidden secrets and ugly truths about higher-ups like Chairman Amy Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin, and their respective views on many figures in Hollywood and America, were brought to the forefront in terabyte after terabyte of retrieved emails. Chris Rock, on his press promotion tour for his latest film Top Five, mentioned in an essay he penned for The Hollywood Reporter that “Hollywood is a white industry,” and these hackers have proven that by unearthing the poisonous, petty, and in some cases, downright psychotic machinations of the company responsible for single-handedly running the rebooted Spider-Man franchise into the ground, both critically and commercially. From the scandalous to the unexpected to the just plain goofy, here’s 10 of the craziest quotes and ideas that have come out of the Sony Pictures hack at time of writing:
1: Sony on Adam Sandler:
“There is a general “blah-ness” to the films we produce. Although we manage to produce an innovative film once in awhile, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films…upper management allows certain talent and filmmakers to bleed us dry with their outlandish requests for private jets, wardrobe and grooming stylists…we only release a dozen or so Columbia Pictures a year, for example. And will we still be paying for Adam Sandler? Why?…Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but I’ve been disappointed with the content of some of the films we’ve been producing lately. I don’t think people who know me would consider me a prude, but the boorish, least common denominator slate strikes me as a waste of resource and reputation.”
2: Scott Rudin brutally bashing Angelina Jolie in regards to Jolie attempting to pull director David Fincher from Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic and direct her in Cleopatra instead:
“I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie.”
3: Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin’s trifling, racist back and forth about President Obama’s film preferences:
Rudin: “Would he like to finance some movies?”
Pascal: I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked ‘DJANGO?’”
Rudin: “12 YEARS”
Pascal: “Or the butler. or think like a man [sic].”
Rudin: “Ride Along. I think he likes Kevin Hart.”
4: Sony executive Clint Culpepper on Kevin Hart asking for more money to promote a film via Twitter:
“I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore…It’s not as if we paid him 3M and 4M respectively for his last 2 films thinking he might be nominated. We paid for his ability to open a film which included his social media savvy. I feel like this is something that should be negotiated going into the film as opposed to after the fact. It feels tantamount to buying a car and then upon picking it up being told that the engine will cost extra.”
5: On Spike Lee wanting Drake and Kevin Hart for “School Daze Too”:
“This is a new draft that Spike has written after meetings with Drake, who will play the lead role of PE*NIS, and Kevin Hart who will play DAT NIGGA JIGGA…The budget is $ 9 million (net, after Georgia tax credits), not including historic costs, star salaries, creative producer fees. I believe in the film both as an entertainment — a college film — and as a provocative and exciting piece about the conflict of traditional values (education, college) and hip hop/star/celebrity culture. Why go to college to get a job to make money when you can make more money rapping, stripping, and creating salacious music videos even if they demean women??”
6: Jonah Hill on a supposed MIB/Jump Street crossover:
“Jump street merging with mib i think that’s clean and rad and powerful”
7: Joel McHale asking for a discount on a Sony 4K TV after “Community” got cancelled:
It’s Joel McHale. You might remember me from such canceled Sony tv shows as—Community.
So when I was talking to Steve about the show ending last Friday, I asked about a discount on a Sony TV. He said of course. He’s the greatest as you know. I didn’t want to bother him with the specific details of the screen I want so I thought I would bother you. I hope that it is cool.
It’s below. You can check with Steve obviously if this all sounds strange.
I’m not sure how this all works but I’m happy to send a credit card number wherever necessary.
Thanks Fayanne. I’m very much going to miss working at Sony.
8: Scott Rudin on the prospect of having to work with film producer Megan Ellison on the Jobs biopic:
“What the hell am I meant to say to him? ‘Go have a meeting with Megan, the studio will approve Leo who you waited for for a year, and who’s passed on the movie, and then maybe they’ll go with Fassbender if you work this bipolar 28 year old lunatic who hasn’t returned your call in 3 days, and maybe if she likes you and if she took her meds, there’s some vague chance you can start this movie in ten weeks’?”
9: On producer Avi Arad acquiring the rights to an animated Super Mario Bros. movie:
“I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic].”
10: On alleged misogyny at Sony from the perspective of an unnamed female African American employee, let go in October 2011:
“Despite my experience, bilingual ability and 4 year degree, Monica Howe, a Caucasian female — who has less seniority than I, no 4 year degree, far less entertainment experience, by her own admission worked less for her 2 SVPs than I did for my busy EVP, and had less of a an overall contribution to the office — was promoted to ‘Analyst’ in our department within 18 months, leapfrogging over me…So the situation is a Caucasian person promoted twice above the more experienced, more senior African-American person and the African-American has yet to get the title for the job that she actually does…harassment, retaliation, bullying women, name-calling, offensive language, threats, blocking my advancement and transfers, withholding information to paint a negative opinion, maligning, unsolicited hugs and invitations, resulting in sexual harassment and drinking during work hours in the office.”