Hollywood 2017: Peter (Lord of the Rings) Jackson Claims Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd were Blacklisted by Weinstein

Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd have responded to director Peter Jackson’s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s. 

Mira Sorvino and Woody Allen in Mighty Aphrodite, produced by Weinsteins’ Miramax in 1995, for which she won Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Harvey Weinstein denied the allegation, through a spokesperson.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff, Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

“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.