LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlights' '12 Years A Slave' at the Directors Guild on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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"Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?"
Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin each apologized Thursday after leaked emails revealed them joking about President Barack Obama liking "Django Unchained" and "The Butler."
“What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?” Pascal emailed Rudin, referring to an Obama event hosted by DreamWorks Animation head and major donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, BuzzFeed reported.
Rudin — who's produced "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Social Network," "No Country for Old Men" and "Moneyball" — responded, “Would he like to finance some movies.”
“I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Pascal replied.
“12 YEARS," Rudin offered, likely referring to "12 Years a Slave."
“Or the butler. Or think like a man?" Pascal said, naming more films with black casts.
“Ride-along," Rudin responded. "I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlight's' "12 Years a Slave" at the Directors Guild, Oct. 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
“The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am," Pascal said in a statement. "Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” Rudin told Deadline. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.”
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