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After Terrible ‘Sex Tape’ Reviews, Sony Regrets Not Hiring Rick Salomon or Ray J to Direct

by Andy Marx & Will McArdle

Following the terrible reviews for the comedy, “Sex Tape” starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, which currently has a rotten rating of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, Sony Pictures has revealed they now regret their decision not to hire Rick Salomon or Ray J to direct. According to Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, although the studio met with both auteurs after watching their independent film directorial debuts, “One Night in Paris” and “Kim Kardashian Superstar,” Sony decided to go with Jake Kasdan who directed Diaz and Segel in the studio’s comedy blockbuster, “Bad Teacher.”

“Clearly, sometimes the safe choice isn’t always the best choice,” Pascal told Hollywood & Swine. “No one has used night vision in a film so effectively as Rick Salomon did in ‘One Night in Paris,’ since Jonathon Demme in his Oscar-winning masterpiece, ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ And Ray J obviously knows how to work with talent — just look at the way he got the best performance of Kim Kardashian’s career.”

Sources close to the studio blame Salomon and Ray J’s insistence that they have sexual intercourse with their films’ leading ladies for costing them the directing job on “Sex Tape.” Sony also revealed their original choice to direct “Sex Tape” was rock star and filmmaker Tommy Lee whose 1995 film “Pam and Tommy Lee: Hardcore and Uncensored” is often ranked up with “Reservoir Dogs” and “Clerks” as the best directorial debuts of the ’90s. However, the studio was forced to pass on Tommy Lee after his Hepatitis C made him too costly to insure.