Nia Long Told She Was 'Too Old' for Charlie's Angels, Which She Thinks Was Code for 'Too Black'



Newton also had a meeting with then-head of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal, who the actress claims made several racially stereotyped suggestions on how to make her character "believable."

“She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character,” Newton said. “Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different.’ That was Amy Pascal. That’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it: I didn’t do the movie as a result.” (Pascal later stepped down from her position in 2015 after emails leaked in which she discussed whether then-President Barack Obama preferred movies with Black casts.)

In a statement to Vulture, Pascal said she did not recall the meeting and was "horrified to hear" Newton's description.

Besides Barrymore and Liu, Charlie’s Angels went on to star Cameron Diaz. Long's new film, Fatal Attraction, is now streaming on Netflix.

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