Thandie Newton

Actress Thandie Newton on why she turned down Charlie's Angels

Newton turned down a role in the 2000 film Charlie's Angels because of producer Amy Pascal’s racist stereotypes. Scroll down for more information.

  • Pascal says she has no recolection of what Newton describes.
  • Newton said the former head of Sony Pictures used “stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character”.
  • Pascal was 'replaced' from her Sony Pictures charge after racist emails she had sent were leaked. Check out the video below.

Pascal apologized and said she was "horrofied" of Newton's recolection of the meeting. However the producer still says she doesn't remember saying those things during the meeting. Next is the transcript of what Westworld actress said happened in the meeting:

"Look, I don’t mean to be politically incorrect, but the character as written and you playing the role, I just feel like we’ve got to make sure that it’s believable.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? What changes would you have to make?’ She’s like, ‘Well, you know, the character, as written, she’s been to university and is educated.’ I’m like, ‘I’ve been to university. I went to Cambridge.’ She went, ‘Yeah, but you’re different.’ She’s like, ‘Maybe there could be a scene where you’re in a bar and she gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty.’ She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character. Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different.’ That was Amy Pascal.”

Thandie Newton turned down a role in Charlie's Angels because of Amy Pascal's racist comments

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