‘The Equalizer,’ which starred Denzel Washington, saw 47 percent of its ticket sales come from overseas versus an expected 65 percent return, something an unnamed producer attributed to racism in an email leaked by hackers.
“The Equalizer” – and equality – are under fire.
An unnamed producer questioned whether two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington should be cast in films dependent on foreign box office returns because those moviegoers are racist.
That’s the latest damning Sony email leaked by North Korean-backed hackers after Washington’s role in “The Equalizer” grossed a hefty $191 million worldwide, but fell short of total ticket sales overseas, Radar Online reported.
“I believe that the international motion picture audience is racist — in general pictures with an African American lead don’t play well overseas,” the producer wrote not long after “The Equalizer” debuted Sept. 26. “But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pics with decent size budgets.”
The producer sent the email to Sony Chairman Michael Lynton, suggesting the motion picture company avoid black actors such as Washington to appease international markets, according to Radar Online… see more