Aaron Sorkin Says Scott Rudin “Got What He Deserves” – Deadline

Aaron Sorkin, whose stage adaptation of Harper Lee Kill a Mockingbird resumes Broadway performances next week, says in a new interview that Scott rudin, the former producer of the show, “got what he deserves” after details of the harassment and abuse in the workplace came to light last spring. But the writer adds that he has refrained from commenting publicly on the situation because Rudin “is lying on the mat right now, and I don’t know how standing on his torso and jumping up and down helps me.”

In the interview with Vanity fair, Sorkin, who also worked with Rudin on the movies. The social network, Steve Jobs and Moneyball as well as television series The news room, says that while he was aware of Rudin The Devil Wears Prada-type behavior, did not witness or know of the alleged incidences of physical violence (former Rudin employees have accused their former boss of throwing objects at them and, in one case, slamming a laptop into an employee’s hand).

“There is nothing physical about the stories I heard,” says Sorkin. “If I had known, there is no possibility that I would have tolerated it, there is no possibility [Mockingbird director] Bart Sher would have tolerated it, that Jeff Daniels would have tolerated it. We didn’t know then. And once we did, we did something about it. “

Sorkin says he has not spoken to Rudin since Zoom’s call in April that ended their professional relationship after the Hollywood reporter detailed the accusations. Rudin, Sorkin confirms, no longer receives compensation as a producer, nor does he have any continuing involvement in the production of the play (which resumes on October 5). Rudin’s involvement as an investor, Sorkin says, “will continue to be honored.”

Here are some other highlights from the interview, which can be read in their entirety. here:

  • “In the last 12 years, I think, I’ve worked with Scott a lot: three feature films, an HBO series, and a Broadway play. And it was painful to read that Hollywood Reporter story, particularly since it is very likely that some of those assistants who were being abused were working on something that I wrote while they were being abused. So I took it personally. Whether it’s on a film set, a rehearsal room for a play, backstage for a play, or a TV series, morale is important to me. And I take great pride in creating a place where people are really happy to come to work, where they feel a sense of ownership, a sense of ownership, a sense of family. And we have that in mockingbird. We have always had that in mockingbird. So this was a huge shock. “
  • On the communications with Rudin: “There was only one conversation. It was a call from Zoom with Bart, Scott, and myself, and it became clear that Scott would no longer have any relationship with Kill a MockingbirdBe it the Broadway company or the London company or the national tour. So Scott is no longer involved. And we brought in a wonderful producer named Orin Wolf, who was already producing the national tour. Now he’s doing a great job as captain of the ship. “
  • On the possibility of a Rudin return: “I have no idea. Honestly, I have no idea. I don’t know what he’s doing now. But I’ll say this: I hope it improves. I feel like you would an alcoholic or an addict. I hope you get better.”
  • Kill a Mockingbird, with Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger returning in their lead roles, will include some post-closing adjustments, although Sorkin did not offer details: “[T]here are things that we are doing in this production 2.0 that I would not like to reveal. But everything that has happened, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the BLM movement, is on our minds as we do this. “

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