We Could Have Had a 'First Wives' Club' Sequel, But Hollywood Hates Women, Says Goldie Hawn

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrity | February 19, 2015 | Comments ()

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrity | February 19, 2015 |


Last month, if you’ll recall, Russell Crowe, mansplained all over women in Hollywood (in a women’s magazine no less) by patting them on the head and saying, essentially, “silly bitches, there’s plenty of room for you in man movies. Now shake that little ass over to the bar and make me a martoonie.”

“The best thing about the industry I’m in - movies - is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life,” Russell says, in an interview with The Weekly.

“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that (the roles have dried up) is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingĂ©nue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21 year old.

“Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”

Yep, Streep and Mirren. He named two successful women over 50. Good job. So, clearly, any woman of a certain age would be just fine if she’d simply accept her age and take roles in movies made for that specific age, right?

Well another longtime Hollywood great, Goldie Hawn, would like to refute that idea.

“The big money goes to kids and young men—big tent-pole movies, which are expensive but have a great return. The smaller movies aren’t being made as much. For instance, First Wives Club. We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful. It made a lot of money. We were on the cover of Time magazine. But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal. We went back to ground zero. Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it. But the fear of women’s movies is embedded in the culture.”

Men of Hollywood, you can tell women all you want that your careers are no different, that they have the same opportunities as you, that they’re actually fine and just being sensitive. Women, amirite? Or, you could try and actually listen to one when she tells you about her actual personal experience and think, golly, perhaps I don’t actually know what the dick I’m talking about as I’m not, you know, a woman.

But that would be crazy.


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