Emma Thompson Quits Film And Blasts Ex-Pixar Boss In Powerful Public Statement
Emma Thompson has written a strongly worded letter explaining why she dropped out of the animated film, 'Luck'.
The English actor had begun recording voiceovers for the comedy produced by Skydance but exited the project in January after it was announced John Lasseter had been hired by the studio.
Lasseter left animation giant Pixar in 2018 following allegations that he had sexually harassed multiple colleagues. An investigation published by The Hollywood Reporter said that Lasseter was known for "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes" in the workplace.
Thompson has now revealed in a letter published by the Los Angeles Times that she felt a responsibility to take a stand against Lasseter being given a "second chance" at Skydance.
“It feels very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate in which people with the kind of power that you have can reasonably be expected to step up to the plate,” Thompson wrote to Skydance producers on January 23.
She went on to pose a number of questions to the studio about the controversial hire.
"If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he’s not touching them inappropriately now is that it says in his contract that he must behave “professionally”? asked Thompson.
When Lasseter was announced as the new head of animation at Skydance -- just days after officially leaving Pixar -- the Time's Up movement pointed to a "broken system" at work in Hollywood.
Thompson said that she felt she could "only do what feels right during these times of transition and collective conscience raising".
I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out -- like me -- do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation.
Thompson has been praised for using her prominent position in Hollywood to take a stand against the prevalent culture of sexual harassment and abuse.
"This is what it looks like to walk the walk," the Time's Up movement wrote on Twitter. "Thank you, Emma Thompson".
According to Variety, Skydance has not yet provided a comment in response to Thompson's letter.
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