If You Let One Sony Exec Tell It, Kevin Hart Is A Money Whore

If you aren’t aware by now, Kevin Hart is America’s favorite 5’4″ comedian. Although he’s won over numerous of hearts across the nation in Think Like A Man, Too and Laugh At My Pain, he hasn’t been receiving too much love at his production home with Sony Entertainment. In the latest series of Sony leaks to hit the web, studio exec Clint Culpepper accused Kevin Hart of being a money hungry “whore” in an email exchange with Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

“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 which is above and beyond the 3M he was paid to do the film […] I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore.”

According to the email, the studio wanted Hart to use his “social media savvy” to tweet about an upcoming film. Culpepper said he received a phone call from Kevin’s agent Jeremy Zimmer who said Kevin’s expertise in social media is worth a few figures. Kevin was already paid $3Million for the film, and this new request seems very costly to the brand.

Culpepper goes on to say that Kevin will be “fucking himself” because he stars their next two films.

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 fucking 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.

When you’re a celebrity who grosses more than $15 Million in two days from a 90-city record-breaking tour, it seems only right to charge people for your 140 characters of service.

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