That awkward moment when your email rant about one of the most famous actresses in the world is leaked to the international press by cyber attackers.
That’s exactly what happened to Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin when their thread bemoaning Angelina Jolie became the latest targets of the mass computer hack that has plagued the lives of Sony employees for the past two weeks.
In the conversations, published by Gawker yesterday, Rudin went as far as to label the UN Ambassador a “minimally talented spoiled brat”.
The discussion, which dated back to February, seemed to be related to the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic – the doomed movie originally intended for Sony Pictures but now moved to Universal Pictures. At the time, David Fincher was still attached to the Aaron Sorkin-penned film, and, according to the email exchange, Jolie apparently wanted Fincher to leave the project and direct her film Cleopatra instead.
“She is upset about us giving David Jobs. She wants to talk,” Pascal apparently wrote to Rudin.
Angelina Jolie on screen
Angelina Jolie on screen
1/11 Changeling -2008
Angelina Jolie plays a grief-stricken mother in this 2008 period drama
2/11 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - 2001
Jolie stars in the blockbuster film based on the video game adventurer
3/11 Hackers - 1995
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Lee Miller in the 1995 film about a computer hacker who writes a computer virus
4/11 Girl, Interrupted - 1999
Jolie won an Oscar in 2000 for her supporting role as diagnosed sociopath Lisa, alongside Winona Ryder
5/11 The Tourist - 2010
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Depp, who plays an American tourist visiting Italy in a bid to mend a broken heart
6/11 Maleficent - 2014
Jolie stars in the lead as the vengeful fairy Maleficent, who is driven to curse the young princess in Sleeping Beauty
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7/11 Mr & Mrs Smith - 2005
Jolie stars as assassin Jane Smith alongside Brad Pitt. The two met and began an affair while filming the movie
8/11 The Bone Collector - 1999
Jolie plays Denzel Washington's detective partner as the two hunt down a serial killer
9/11 Wanted - 2008
The actress plays a second in command assassin alongside James McAvoy
10/11 Salt - 2010
Jolie stars as CIA agent Evelyn
11/11 Unbroken - 2014 (director)
Jolie with the late Louis Zamperini in her new film Unbroken about the Olympian turned World War II prisoner's life
“She'll survive it,” Rudin allegedly replied. “I don't want to waste my time on this.”
“YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS,” he reportedly added in another email.
Just to further add to his embarrassment, an email purportedly written by Rudin demolished the very idea of a Cleopatra movie, saying he had expressed “zero appetite for the indulgence of spoiled brats”.
“I've told you exactly how I want to do this material. It's the ONLY way I want to do this material. I'm not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both,” the email continued to read.
“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. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don't.
“She's a camp event and a celebrity and that's all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.”
Rudin also criticised Pascal, saying: “You've destroyed your relationships with half the town over how you've behaved on this movie.”
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