Sir Peter Jackson speaks out about Harvey Weinstein

Actor Jason Priestley

Actor Jason Priestley

The blockbuster director told writer Dani McDonald, "I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs". They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't, ' Jackson told.

Yesterday, a spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein denied Jackson's allegations, and Jackson in turn rebuked Weinstein's denial. Jackson said that while Harvey Weinstein's name is on the films for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies.

"At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us - but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing".

In the interview, he confessed that now-disgraced producer Weinstein had told him to two actresses - Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women - and as direct result, their names were removed from our casting list. The movie was first expected to be produced by Miramax but Jackson took his film to New Line.

"As for my career, I can't say for certain if it was impacted - there are other variables, like the fact that I had four children in eight years..."

In an interview with New Zealand website Stuff on Thursday, Jackson said he expressed interest in casting Judd and Sorvino in the movie while pitching the project to Weinstein's production company Miramax.

"There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure", she wrote. "This was probably in 1998", Jackson said.

Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein are engaging in a war of words over the audition process for "The Lord of the Rings".

Judd, responding on Twitter on Friday, recalled having detailed talks with Jackson about "Lord of the Rings" but "then I abruptly never heard from him again". "Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people". He also stands by his claim that Judd and Sorvino were also considered.

"My experience, when Miramax controlled the "Lord of the Rings", was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies", said Jackson. "That's a deflection from the truth", Jackson wrote. Fran Walsh was in the same meeting, and remembers these negative comments about Ashley and Mira as clearly as I do.

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