The director of “Bad Santa” revealed on Friday that he was prevented from hiring Mira Sorvino by Harvey Weinstein — amid accusations the disgraced studio head launched a smear campaign against the actress.
Director Terry Zwigoff tweeted that he had wanted to hire Sorvino but was rebuffed by the studio heads.
“I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a CLICK,” Zwigoff wrote.
“What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now. I’m really sorry Mira.”
His admission came after “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson claimed Weinstein orchestrated a smear campaign against Sorvino and Ashley Judd in an attempt to blacklist the actresses from Hollywood.
Jackson recently told New Zealand’s Stuff that Weinstein and his brother Bob are a pair of “second-rate Mafia bullies” who talked him out of casting Sorvino and Judd in the “Lord of the Rings” series in the late 1990s.
Both women have accused Harvey of sexual harassment.
“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.
“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.”
Sorvino said she “burst out crying” after reading Jackson’s revelation.
“There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure,” she tweeted. “Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”