George Clooney is the focus of the latest batch of emails that have come to light in the Sony Pictures hacking scandal. The star emailed Sony chairman Amy Pascal detailing his remorse over bad reviews of The Monuments Men
In one email exchange dated from January (2014), Clooney admits to taking a huge knock to his ego after critics were not fans of his movie, which was based on the heroics of the real-life art experts who helped steal back paintings and sculptures from the Nazis at the end of the Second World War.
In an email titled, “It’s getting worse”, the actor writes, “I need some protection from all the reviews”.
He goes on to reveal he is losing sleep over the negative write-ups, adding, “Let’s just make it a hit. I haven’t slept in 30 hours. And it’s 7 am.”
In response, Pascal writes, “We will protect you by making money… that’s the best revenge.”
Praising her work, Clooney expresses his sorrow at The Monuments Men‘s critical reception and replies, “I adore you Amy. You are literally the only person running a studio that loves film.
“I fear I’ve let you all down. Not my intention. I apologize. I’ve just lost touch… Who knew? Sorry. I won’t do it again.”
The film, made on a budget of $70 million went on to make $155 million at the global box office.
Meanwhile, other leaked emails from Pascal’s account reveal her true feelings about another Hollywood superstar, Leonardo DiCaprio, who she blasts as “despicable” for pulling out of a planned Steve Jobs biopic earlier this year.
Pascal’s correspondence about the troubled project, which also lost its original director David Fincher, recently hit headlines after producer Scott Rudin blasted Angelina Jolie for allegedly attempting to meddle with Fincher’s appointment.
Both Pascal and Rudin have since apologized for the leaked notes sent to one another, which included derogatory comments about U.S. President Barack Obama, after they went public last Wednesday.
We’ll keep you posted as more information on the hacking surfaces. To read about the additional information and emails that have been leaked, check out our additional articles on the situation: Sony Leaks