Peter Jackson Listened to Mafia Bosses, Kept Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino Out of ‘Lord of the Rings’

Spoiler alert: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino are not in the Lord of the Rings films.

You can thank Harvey Weinstein for that.

Both Judd and Sorvino accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and claimed that the studio boss prevented them from landing roles in Lord of the Rings. Both things seemed pretty true based on everything we’ve read about Weinstein in the last month or so, but just in case you didn’t believe the two women, hopefully you’ll believe Peter Jackson.

The LOTR director told Stuff that he had interest in both ladies, but was told by Miramax, “They were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs.”

Jackson went along with the studio’s request, but in retrospect, realizes it was likely “a smear campaign” against the two ladies. Yeah, because they both turned down sex with Weinstein and he made good on his promise of ruining their careers.

Jackson also called the Weinstein brothers “second-rate Mafia bullies,” which sounds like an unfair comment to me. Based on everything we’ve heard and read about them, they were definitely first-rate Mafia bullies.

Judd and Sorvino took to Twitter to confirm the story and thank Jackson for corroborating their stories.

Would Lord of the Rings have been better with Judd and Sorvino? I don’t know. I’ve only seen the first one and that movie was boring as hell.

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