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The hacked email servers at Sony Pictures has been an ongoing nightmare for the company, and the hits just keep coming. The latest dig to be revealed was a Sony film producer saying that the international film market is racist, and even threw Academy Award winner Denzel Washington under the bus.

Denzel Washington gets mildly blasted in the emails, the latest of big names to be caught in the crossfire via the leaked emails. Already, President Barack Obama, Kevin Hart, and Angelina Jolie have been hit with tasteless remarks. The shots at Washington were tame in comparison, but does shut down the actor’s ability to carry a film and how viable a star he is globally.

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“No, I am not saying The Equalizer should not have been made or that African American actors should not have been used (I personally think Denzel is the best actor of his generation),” the producer wrote.

“Casting him is saying we’re ok with a double if the picture works,” the producer wrote, using a baseball analogy. “He’s reliable at the domestic [box office], safe, but has not had a huge success in years. I believe whenever possible the non event pictures, extra ‘bets’ should have a large inherent upside and be made for the right price. Here there isn’t a large inherent upside.”

Washington’s The Equalizer grossed $191 million at theaters worldwide, with 47% of the ticket sales coming from outside of the United States. Still, the e-mail chain suggested that the overseas box office percentage was not good enough. Other films should expect 65% of the sales abroad, the analysis said. The reason for the disparity? According to the producer, it was Washington’s race.

The person in the email went on to suggest that the international market is “racist” and that films with Black leads don’t “play well overseas” along with other choice points.

The email was addressed to Sony Chairman Michael Lynton, but his response was not shared in the correspondence.

Photo: Michael Wright/WENN

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