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Here's what the leaked Sony Pictures emails reveal about Irish actors

And directors. And authors. And TV shows.

AS YOU HAVE no doubt heard by now, Wikileaks has published a searchable database of the leaked Sony e-mails.

The e-mails contain juice, gossip and plenty of snark, meaning that they have dominated the news agenda today.

But what of the Irish? Do we feature in the e-mails at all?

We investigated.

1. Daniel Day-Lewis looks great for his age, according to Amy Pascal

Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

While discussing casting for a project entitled The Good Doctor, it was pointed out to Sony Pictures co-chair Pascal that Daniel Day-Lewis is 57 years old.

DDL IS 57???? …..
WISH I LOOKED AS GOOD AS HIM
IN TWO YEARS

Don’t we all, Amy?

2. Jack Reynor’s name has been thrown around for a number of big roles

Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

An e-mail sent to Amy Pascal dated November 4th described the Irish actor as a “rising star” and he was mentioned as a contender for Feathering The Wind, which is described as a “FAST & THE FURIOUS type franchise, but in the sailing world”.

Okay.

Elsewhere, Reynor was also mentioned in relation to Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby and supernatural horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

The criteria for Grimsby, according to Pascal?

Sashas younger brother who is everything he isnt
> Handsome
> Debonaire
> Ladys man
> Good with a gun
> Fake James Bond
> Doesn’t look like sasha

“Good with a gun”.

3. Sony bigwig Amy Pascal watched Love/Hate!

Source: Bernard Walsh/RTÉ

The e-mails show that Pascal ordered Love/Hate season 1 from Amazon Instant last April.

That same day, her assistant e-mailed her to say that she could see Pascal had already started watching the Irish series.

Looks like you already started watching Love/Hate on Amazon.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any further insight into her thoughts on the show or her opinions on Nidge, but still!

4. When Peter O’Toole died, Sony deliberated over placing a condolence in a trade magazine

Source: AP/Press Association Images

An e-mail sent on December 16th, 2013, sees Sony’s former PR chief Charles Sipkin weigh up the pros and cons of placing a condolence advertisement.

We’ve received several suggestions to buy a condolence advertisement in the trades for Peter O’Toole. I’m agnostic about doing something publicly as I am not familiar with his relationship with SPE.

Sipkins notes that such an advertisement would cost in the region of $10,000 – $12,000 and suggests a charity donation be made in O’Toole’s honour instead.

5. Chris O’Dowd’s agent invited Amy Pascal to see his play

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Last June, Pascal received an e-mail from O’Dowd’s agent inviting her to come see him in Of Mice and Men on Broadway.

The e-mail includes pull quotes about O’Dowd’s Tony-nominated performance and invites Pascal to come see the play and/or meet with Chris should she happen to be in New York City before July 27th.

It’s unclear whether Pascal took her up on the offer.

6. Moone Boy was mentioned in passing

Source: Sky

In a round-up of television projects in development, Sony’s Steve Mosko was informed of O’Dowd’s “put pilot” commitment for a US adaptation of Moone Boy. (O’Dowd is developing a US version with ABC.)

7. They spelled Domhnall Gleeson’s name “Domhall”

Source: Brian Lawless

While suggesting him as one of, oh, thirty actors that might be suitable for The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

Domhall.

8. They looked into the possibility of optioning the film rights of books by Irish author Tana French

Source: Amazon

Last September, a literary agent contacted Sony to ask if they had looked into the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French.

Has anyone looked at the DUBLIN MURDER SQUAD series by Tana French? It is a series of thriller/detective novels featuring a “murder squad” in Ireland.

Sony’s Daniel Kagan responded that he would pull the manuscripts and take a look.

9. They described Once director John Carney as “technically Irish”

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Sony rounded up a list of directors for a possible Oliver! remake and Carney (born and with an extensive career in Dublin) was listed as…

…Wes Anderson (out there idea, but could be interesting for Oliver) John Carney (technically Irish, Once, Begin Again [coming soon]) …

We’re not sure why that’s a technicality, but sure.

Additional reporting by David Elkin

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