AceShowbiz - Former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal has distanced herself from racist claims made by Thandie Newton in a new interview, insisting she has no recollection of the conversation she allegedly had with the actress.
In a new Vulture interview, the "Westworld" star reveals she was in negotiations for a role in the 2000 "Charlie's Angels" remake when she was called in to meet then-Sony boss Pascal, who was fired in 2015 over leaked emails that were deemed insensitive and problematic for the movie company.
During the chat, Pascal allegedly told Newton there was a challenge in making her character "believable" as a college-educated woman and then suggested there could be a bar scene, where the Brit's character "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," Newton recalled. "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. That's not really a surprise, is it? Let's face it. I didn't do the movie as a result."
Pascal told Vulture, "While I take her words seriously, I have no recollection of the events she describes, nor do any of her representatives who were present at that casting session."
"I've long considered Thandie a friend; I'm thankful that I've had the chance to make movies with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future."
Newton also revealed she had an awkward meeting with the film's director as he detailed the opening scene, which would focus on the actress' body. "The director said to me, 'I can't wait for this. The first shot is going to be... You're going to think it's, like, yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realise it's the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a** it's going to look like tarmac,' " Newton recalled. "I was like, 'Oh, I don't think we're going to go down this road together.' "