Aaron Sorkin isn’t pulling any punches in relation to disgraced Hollywood producer Scott Rudin.
The “West Wing” author, whose hit adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is returning to Broadway, mentioned Rudin “got what he deserves” following accusations concerning the producer’s historical past of bullying assistants and staffers.
Rudin had been a producer on Sorkin’s revival of the Harper Lee basic, which is ready to come back again to Broadway subsequent week.
But within the aftermath of a bombshell report in April from The Hollywood Reporter, which chronicled allegations of a history of bullying, including claims that the “unhinged” producer as soon as attacked an assistant, Rudin stepped away from the play and different initiatives, corresponding to the “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman.
In an interview with Vanity Fair revealed Thursday, Sorkin defined why he took the information of Rudin’s alleged abuse “personally” and why he didn’t converse up sooner within the wake of the report.
“Had I known, there’s no chance I would’ve tolerated it, there’s no chance [director] Bart Sher would’ve tolerated it, that Jeff Daniels would’ve tolerated it. So we didn’t know. And once we did, we did something about it,” Sorkin mentioned. “I think Scott got what he deserves. He’s lying flat on the mat right now, and I don’t know how it’s helpful for me to stand on his torso and kind of jump up and down.”
Following exposé, which claimed that over the years, Rudin pushed assistants out of moving cars, hurled telephones at them and fired workers for deliver the fallacious sort of muffin to him, the firebrand producer issued an apology for the “pain my behavior caused to individuals, directly and indirectly.”
Shortly after that, Rudin, who was behind Broadway exhibits like “The Book of Mormon,” the revival of “Hello Dolly!” and flicks like “Clueless,” “No Country for Old Men” and “Lady Bird,” mentioned he is stepping away from his present theater, movie and streaming initiatives.
Sorkin advised Vanity Fair that he had one Zoom name with Rudin after THR’s piece was revealed, throughout which it was made clear that Rudin would haven’t any extra involvement with “To Kill a Mockingbird” and would now not be compensated as a producer on the present. Rudin does, nonetheless, nonetheless revenue from the present as he holds a stake in it as an investor.
Although the investigative report recounts Rudin’s infamous conduct, Sorkin denied having information. The two males labored collectively a number of occasions through the years, together with on movies like “The Social Network” and Sorkin’s HBO sequence “The Newsroom.”
Sorkin mentioned “it was painful to read that Hollywood Reporter story, particularly because it’s pretty likely that some of those assistants who were being abused were working on something I wrote while they were being abused.”
He added that he “took it personally” and famous that information of the alleged abuse “came as a big shock.”
“I’ll tell you that in a number of the follow-up stories that I read, you’ll see people quoted saying, ‘Everybody knew, everybody knew.’ And that’s ludicrous. Everybody did not know. I certainly didn’t know, and I don’t know anybody who knew,” Sorkin added.
Following the report, Broadway cast and crew members protested Rudin’s involvement within the theater group, and a spate of reports articles questioned why this conduct was permitted and who possible knew.
Sorkin mentioned he took umbrage with being lumped in as somebody who knew and did nothing.
“I saw in those articles that we’re talking about that my name would always be part of a list of people who have chosen to remain silent, with the implication being that we somehow endorse what Scott did, or we don’t think it’s a big deal, or we want to make sure we’re able to work with him when and if he makes a comeback, something like that,” he mentioned.
Sorkin continued: “But I just felt like to say something, to be quoted saying, ‘This is unacceptable. There have to be consequences,’ that kind of quote, it felt like protection insurance to me. And I just wasn’t comfortable with it.”
He famous that he has not spoken with Rudin since that Zoom name, however likened the state of affairs to coping with an “alcoholic or an addict.”
“Do I think there’s a comeback for him? I have no idea. I honestly have no idea. I don’t know what he’s doing now. But I’ll say this: I hope he gets better. I feel the way I would with an alcoholic or an addict. I hope he gets better,” Sorkin mentioned.