Sony Exec Calls Kevin Hart A 'Whore' In Leaked Email

News & Views | Bené Viera | 12/11/2014 | 10:15 AM EST

Clint Culpepper thinks the actor is being greedy by asking for more money to tweet to promote his own film

Sony has a colossal problem on its hands. Roughly two weeks ago, hackers took over the company’s computer systems and leaked a bunch of private internal information. And they haven't stopped since.


Kevin Hart
has found his name in the Sony drama due to a leaked email between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, studio exec Clint Culpepper and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.


The email exchange reveals Hart was paid $3 million for a movie (believed to be Think Like A Man Too). To promote the film, Sony wanted Hart to use his social media platforms in addition to normal press rounds. Apparently Hart was down to do it, but it was going to cost Sony.


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That’s when Culpepper called Hart a "whore."


"As I suspected, I got a call from Jeremy Zimmer today informing me that they feel that if we’re going to expect and take advantage of Kevin’s social media savvy that 'they' feel there is a price to be paid for it which is above and beyond the 3M he was paid to do the film.


Jeremy was very clear that Kevin would do the normal publicity asked of him like junket, TV shows, radio interviews etc. however, the social media blitzkrieg would cost us. I told him I was in a big meeting but would call him back.


I’m tempted to suggest we call his bluff. If his film does NOT perform it hurts his brand and we have his next 3 films. I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore. Let’s discuss in Tuesday’s MPG meeting?"


Culpepper thought if they paid him to do social media, it would set a horrible precedent so he was willing to call his bluff at the expense of the film not opening well, which he said would hurt Hart’s brand.


"It's not as if we paid him 3M and 4M respectively for his last 2 films thinking he might be nominated. We paid for his ability to open a film which included his social media savvy. I feel like this is something that should be negotiated going into the film as opposed to after the fact. It feels tantamount to buying a car and then upon picking it up being told that the engine will cost extra. I'm tempted to suggest we call his bluff. If he doesn't do his normal routine, his film will not open as well and his brand will appear diminished and he will- in fact - be f-cking himself because we have his next 2 immediate films. And then there's the social media precedent we're setting...especially in light of the fact that Channing is at the same agency.
"


The Hollywood game is so cold.

(Photos from left: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images, Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

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