In an interview with BuzzFeed News, film director Michael Caton-Jones claims that he was fired from directing the 1998 movie B. Monkey after heated disagreements with Harvey Weinstein over the casting of Sophie Okonedo as the film's lead. Caton-Jones says Harvey didn't think Sophie was "fuckable" and he went on to recast the role with Asia Orgento as the replacement.
“The basics of the deal was we were going to find an unknown and we were going to cast her as the lead in the film. There was extensive casting. We saw many, many girls, maybe 100 or so. And I ended up — I thought Sophie Okonedo would have been great for the part.”
“Harvey kept saying to me, ‘Do you think she is fuckable?’ That was what the deal was all the time. I said, ‘She is the best actress for the job, Harvey.’ And we started arguing about it. It was only when I said to Harvey, ‘Don’t screw up the casting of this film because you want to get laid,’ whereupon he went mental.”
“I was furious after being kicked off my film, and I told them all about what happened. I told them about the harassment claims, and I said 'Here is your quote: I don’t cast films according to Harvey Weinstein’s erection,’ and they just laughed."
Caton-Jones said the recasting boiled down to Harvey's belief that “Sophie Okonedo was not fuckable and that was it. Find someone who is.”
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