Thandie Newton recently revealed that she could have starred in Charlie's Angels, but chose to turn down the movie!
As People reports, Newton was featured in a new interview for Vulture, where she talked about why meeting with the producer and director of Charlie's Angels made her opt out of the role after she'd already been cast.
Newton recounts sexual objectification by Charlie's Angels director
Newton said that after having met with the director of Charlie's Angels, Joseph McGinty Nichol, she realized that her character was going to be sexually objectified from the very beginning of the movie.
"One of the biggest movies I didn’t end up doing was because 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 realize it’s the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your ass it’s going to look like tarmac,'" she revealed to Vulture.
The actress saw McGinty's comment as a red flag, immediately making her uncomfortable about the movie's direction. "I was like, 'Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together.'" she said.
Newton also discouraged by meeting with producer Amy Pascal
Newton also met with Amy Pascal— who was the head of Sony Pictures at the time— while she was still attached to star in Charlie's Angels. As People mentions, Pascal made several suggestions to Newton about how to make her character "believable" that she wasn't exactly thrilled by.
"Then the head of the studio — I had a meeting with her, and she said, '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,' Newton told Vulture. "I was like, 'What do you mean? What changes would you have to make?'"
Newton said producer suggested Black stereotypes for character
Newton shared that the "changes" Pascal suggested read as racial caricatures. "She’s like, 'Well, you know, the character, as written, she’s been to university and is educated,'" she explained. "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,'" Newton said. "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. That’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it: I didn’t do the movie as a result." As People mentions, Pascal said in a statement for Vulture that she doesn't remember the incident herself.
"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," Pascal's statement read. "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."