Charlize Theron wanted to do the victims of Roger Ailes justice with her new movie, Bombshell.The Oscar-winning actress plays former Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly in the upcoming film, which focuses on the sexual harassment scandal that brought do…
Charlize Theron wanted to do the victims of Roger Ailes justice with her new movie, Bombshell.
The Oscar-winning actress plays former Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly in the upcoming film, which focuses on the sexual harassment scandal that brought down the late media mogul in 2016.
Charlize admitted she was originally “s**t scared” to take on the role of journalist Megyn – who claimed her former boss grabbed her and tried to bribe her with sexual favours – and was eventually convinced to sign up by director Jay Roach.
“I was looking for a filmmaker to push me to that last part, and he did it so eloquently that I asked him to join us in making this,” the 44-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter, referencing her co-stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, who plays one of Ailes’ victims, Gretchen Carlson.
And the Monster star’s top priority was to ensure that the victims were happy with the final cut of the film, and copies were made available to the women who shared their stories, including Gretchen and Megyn.
“I have complete empathy that this must be a hard process for all of them, but maybe more so for Gretchen and for Megyn because they’re kind of at the centre of it. But I feel that we never went into this to do anything other than do them justice,” Charlize explained.
The actress also shared her belief that Bombshell tackles the subject of workplace sexism head on, and for the first time in her 25-year career she is positive about the future of equality in Hollywood.
“Every year of those 25 years I was always asked about the casting couch, and everybody wants to hear about the salacious stories, but nobody ever really cared about what we do about that,” Charlize stated. “I feel like something is happening that’s going to actually change things.”
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Nicole Kidman had no idea who Charlize Theron was after she underwent a transformation for her role in Bombshell.In the flick, Charlize plays Fox News host Megyn Kelly – and it turns out the make-up and costuming was so good, it also fooled one of her …
Nicole Kidman had no idea who Charlize Theron was after she underwent a transformation for her role in Bombshell.
In the flick, Charlize plays Fox News host Megyn Kelly – and it turns out the make-up and costuming was so good, it also fooled one of her co-stars.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday, the Long Shot star explained how her pal was taken aback by her unrecognisable transformation.
“She walked by me at one point and I thought she was mad at me,” Charlize recalled. “I thought, ‘Oh god! What did I do? Did I mess something up in her trailer? Did I not say hi nicely?’
“She just came up to me and she was like ‘Charlize?’ and then I said, ‘Yes are you mad at me?’ She said, ‘No I just didn’t know that was you!”
Nicole plays journalist Gretchen Carlson in the movie – a biographical drama surrounding the women at Fox News who stood up to former network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and exposed a culture of toxic behaviour and sexism.
During the chat, the Oscar winner highlighted the importance of women in the workplace supporting one another, and insisted The Hours actress had always been there for her.
“She has never done anything but support and show up for me,” the star continued. “We’ve been trying to make a movie for so long. I’m just happy to finally be in a film with her.”
Bombshell, which also stars Margot Robbie, John Lithgow and Kate McKinnon, debuts in cinemas on 20 December.
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Nicole Kidman has been cast to portray U.S. newswoman Gretchen Carlson in a new film about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The Big Little Lies star will play Carlson in Fair and Balanced, which is being directed by filmmaker Jay Roach. Kidman will …
Nicole Kidman has been cast to portray U.S. newswoman Gretchen Carlson in a new film about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
The Big Little Lies star will play Carlson in Fair and Balanced, which is being directed by filmmaker Jay Roach. Kidman will star alongside Charlize Theron, who is portraying U.S. lawyer-turned-TV-host Megyn Kelly, in the drama.
Ailes, who was Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, was forced to resign in 2016 when he became the subject of several sexual misconduct allegations, which included accusations made by Gretchen and Megyn. Following his fall from grace at Fox, the media mogul went on to became an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation. He died last year (17).
Charlize is also producing the film alongside Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph, according to Variety. The project is described as “an ensemble pic”, in which Ailes and other major players during his reign at Fox News will all be depicted.
Former anchor Greta Van Susteren, fired host Bill O’Reilly and Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch are all expected to be portrayed in the movie.
Meanwhile, Roach’s film is not the only project focused on Ailes currently in the works – Russell Crowe will also portray the late media boss TV movie The Loudest Voice in the Room, which will be based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book of the same name.
The new project will reportedly focus on the last 10 years of Ailes’ life and will air on U.S. network Showtime.
“This limited series promises to be a defining story for this era,” David Nevins, the president and CEO of Showtime Networks, said.
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