In mid-December, a story broke connecting the Weinstein brothers to the blacklisting of actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.
“Lord of the Rings” director Sir Peter Jackson, who had shopped his adaptation with Miramax before going with NewLine, explained that Weinstein had dismissed Judd and Sorvino, saying they were “a nightmare to work with.”
"At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.
“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”
Jackson said Weinstein and his brother, Bob, were both particularly difficult to work with.
“My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings (before New Line took over production of the film), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven't.”
Sorvino responded to the revelation — which she had suspected for some time — by thanking Jackson for his honesty:
Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017
But her father, “Law & Order” alumnus Paul Sorvino, was far less polite and reserved. When TMZ caught up with him, he had a few choice words for the man who allegedly harassed his daughter and then — when she rebuffed him — torpedoed her career:
“If I meet him on the street ... he ought to hope he goes to jail. Because if he comes ... if we come across ... I think he'll be laying on the floor. Somehow. Magically.”
When informed that the New York case against Weinstein was progressing nicely, Sorvino was not surprised:
“He's gonna go to jail. That son-of-a-bi... Good. It's good if he goes, because if not he has to meet me. And I'll kill the motherf**ker.”
But then the veteran actor took a more somber tone, noting that he had been unaware of the extent of Weinstein's behavior: “If I had known it, he would not be walking. He'd be on a cane ... in a wheelchair.”
And it's not hard to imagine just such a scenario. Sorvino often played tough guys, both in “Goodfellas” and as a New York City cop on “Law & Order” — and one only has to watch his reaction to her 1996 Academy Award speech (Best Supporting Actress, “Mighty Aphrodite”) to see just how much he loves his little girl (2:00):
Watch Sorvino's response to the Weinstein story below, via TMZ: