Thanks to my friend Ann for the links.
Can an action movie portray a woman as a fully fleshed out and multidimensional character? One with complexity, nuance, and contradiction? Traditionally, the genre hasn’t been kind to women, often reducing them to sexed-up corset- or latex-wearing villains. This is something Charlize Theron, star of the upcoming action flick Mad Max: Fury Road (out May 15) knows all too well. So she was understandably skeptical about taking on the role of Imperator Furiosa, a badass with a buzzed head who strives to liberate a group of mistreated women in a post-apocalyptic world where men want to enslave them for their ability to procreate.
“I remember there were these loud whispers going around town that [Mad Max director] George [Miller] was going to reimagine this world and he was going to create this female character and she was going to stand right next to Max,” Theron said at a press conference Saturday at Siren Studios in Los Angeles alongside co-stars Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult and director George Miller. ” At first you’re always like, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then you become a little skeptical, like, ‘I’ve heard that before and then I’m going to be the chick that ends up in the back of the frame with the push-bra and with a wisp of hair in my mouth.’ I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve made a real effort to veer away from those things. And then I met George, and there was something about him that I really believed. I believed him that he wanted to do something that felt really truthful. I think there’s an equality in this role as opposed to just being a girl in these movies. I think women are just eager to feel like they’re on an equal playing field. I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. I don’t want to be anything other than what we are. I want to be just be a woman, but an authentic woman, in this genre or any other genre.”
Continue reading Has ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Given Us a Truly Feminist Action Star?
Hello all, I’ve added a large amount of images of Charlize from her latest appearance and tv show interviews. You can check them out in here. You can check out a preview below.
In case you missed the announcement, Charlize will be on tomorrow’s Live with Kelly. Hopefully she’ll discuss her son, Jackson, and talk about SWATH & Prometheus! Make sure to check out those VCRs and recorders.