The two Hollywood moguls wrote back and forth about the president in clearly racial terms, discussing what movies he might like to watch.
All of the films involved African-American actors or dealth with black America, according to the documents, suggesting the president would only make entertainment choices based on race.
The written exchange started with Pascal asking Rudin for topics to discuss with the president at a Hollywood political fundraiser.
DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg was hosting the event, or as Pascal put it, “this stupid Jeffrey breakfast.”
Rudin, who has produced such movies as “The Social Network,” “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood,” jested: “Would he like to finance some movies?”
To which Pascal replied: “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”
“12 YEARS?” Rudin countered.
“Or the butler. Or think like a man?” Pascal wrote back.
“Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart,” said Rudin of the African-American actor.
The leaked emails have to be especially embarrassing for Pascal, who is white and has donated heavily to both the Democratic party and President Obama’s election campaigns.
Hart also figured in a separate email exchange involving another Sony honcho, Clint Culpepper. In an email to several colleagues he called Hart a whore for demanding money to promote his own movie over his social media network.
“I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore,” he wrote in a leaked email.
Hart was paid an estimated $7 million for his two most recent Sony pictures, but when he was asked to promote “Think Like a Man Too,” his agent asked for more money by claiming Hart was an expert in social media. He has 14.4 million followers on Twitter, according to his account.
In other leaked emails, Pascal and Rudin had a heated exchange over Angelina Jolie. The actress was demanding that David Fincher direct her movie “Cleopatra,” instead of Rudin’s movie about Apple Inc.’s Steven Jobs.
Rudin called the actress a “minimally talented spoiled brat” among other pejoratives.
The emails, financial documents and even five movies have been released on the Internet by a shadowy group called “Guardians of Peace,” which some believe may have ties to North Korea.
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