As the leaked Sony email plot thickens, comedian and actor Adam Sandler now finds himself in the crosshairs, having been personally insulted and called an “a**hole” by Sony chief Amy Pascal, among others.
According to a report in the Daily Beast, the email trail began back on September 23 with a distressed message from Hannah Minghella, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, to Pascal and other Sony big wigs, outlining frustrations with Adam Sandler over a Candyland meeting which went wrong.
According to the email, Sandler was totally inflexible, and demanded that the powers that be give the green-light on the spot for the $200 million production.
Pascal’s reply to all on that news was less than complimentary, in general and specifically in terms of Sadler’s attitude.
“Adam is an asshile [sic] and this is more his fault than anyone’s but what we did was not communicate with each other and make assumptions maybe I didn’t pay attention when you were telling me what I was walking into but it also comes from a non alien meant between us all and too many people doing everything and no one taking responsibility and I mean myself as it is my responsibility to let you guys know what I want to breath [sic] life into.”
Meanwhile, Pascal wasn’t the only one seemingly irritated with Adam Sandler, as Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s motion picture group, weighed in on the thread, claiming that Minghella was not to blame,
“On ‘Candyland,’ [Minghella] was just servicing Adam. You knew from when Venit called you last week and what I told you that it was all a zhiv, but Sandler is so on guard for it, there was no chance to pull that off. You said yourself that Adam was gonna be angry and you said you didn’t care you couldn’t fix what was really bothering him that he isn’t the guy he once was and nobody can make that better for him.”
In enriching his reputation as a bit of a gold digger, Sandler also put Sony execs’ noses out of place when he asked for a backhander of $100,000 for his friend-come-producer, Allen Covert, for his work on Hotel Transylvania 2, which he dubbed a “production fee.”
In that email exchange, dated October 14, Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, agreed with Pascal, using the very same adjective to describe Adam Sandler and his crew, “They are such a**holes.”