Charlize Theron overcome with emotion watching Megyn Kelly’s reaction to Bombshell

Charlize Theron was overcome with emotion when she watched a video of Megyn Kelly reacting to her portrayal of the news anchor in Bombshell.The Monster actress played the American journalist in the biographical movie, which she also co-produced, about …

Charlize Theron was overcome with emotion when she watched a video of Megyn Kelly reacting to her portrayal of the news anchor in Bombshell.

The Monster actress played the American journalist in the biographical movie, which she also co-produced, about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Megyn informed investigators she had been one of the victims of late chairman’s inappropriate behaviour before he was fired from his role in 2016, and she recently revealed that watching her real-life story come alive onscreen in Bombshell made her tear up.

“I do wish I had done more, even though I was powerless… what if I had thrown myself on the fire back then?” the former Fox News reporter reflected in a tearful Instagram video last week.

And after watching Megyn’s video confession, Charlize admitted she was “incredibly emotional”.

“I felt that that was an incredibly sincere moment from Megyn,” the 44-year-old told Deadline. “It hit me really deep. I felt something really real in her saying that.”

The Oscar-winning actress explained she was very moved that Megyn acknowledged she may have been able to do more to help fellow victims.

“We (as women) shouldn’t even be in that situation in the first place,” the leading lady declared. “We want more than that. We want a world where that’s not even asked. Where we are not even in that situation where we have to choose what we’re going to do in the first place. And I just don’t think that is too much to ask. I think that is a human right that we should all have.”

Bombshell received three nominations for the upcoming Oscars on Monday, with Charlize earning a Best Actress nod for her role as Megyn and co-star Margot Robbie being recognised in the Best Supporting Actress category.

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Margot Robbie studied Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods to prepare for Bombshell role

Margot Robbie studied Reese Witherspoon’s character from Legally Blonde to prepare for her role in Bombshell.The 29-year-old Australian actress plays the young and enthusiastic Fox News staffer Kayla Pospisil in the new movie, who is a composite charac…

Margot Robbie studied Reese Witherspoon’s character from Legally Blonde to prepare for her role in Bombshell.

The 29-year-old Australian actress plays the young and enthusiastic Fox News staffer Kayla Pospisil in the new movie, who is a composite character created by screenwriter Charles Randolph to highlight the widespread sexual harassment and abuse conducted by late network chief Roger Ailes.

Margot told Variety that she struggled to understand the conservative character, but was inspired by Reese as Elle Woods from the 2001 comedy, as she was “incredibly smart” but “underestimated because of their looks”, just like Kayla.

“Every day, I’d do the monologue from Legally Blonde,” she added.

The Oscar-nominated actress also did some secret social media sleuthing to further understand her character’s political leanings, and created a fake Twitter account to work out what motivates “young millennial conservative girls”.

“I didn’t understand her to begin with,” she explained to Variety. “But my process is to do a ton of research, consider every single option, know every single situation, scenario, thought and motivation inside and out, so I can step onto set and then let it all go.”

Margot revealed she was urged by Bombshell director Jay Roach to watch footage of Katherine Harris, Florida’s former secretary of state, to perfect her dialect in the movie. The Republican politician became famous during the aftermath of the George W. Bush v. Al Gore presidential election of 2000, and was also played by Laura Dern in Roach’s HBO movie Recount back in 2008.

“I just love the sounds of her vowels – they’re incredible,” Margot shared.

Bombshell, which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, is in cinemas now.

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Margot Robbie was ‘pretty rattled’ by Bombshell script

Margot Robbie was “pretty rattled” by the time she finished reading the screenplay for Bombshell.The drama focuses on the female employees of Fox News who made allegations of sexual harassment against chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 201…

Margot Robbie was “pretty rattled” by the time she finished reading the screenplay for Bombshell.

The drama focuses on the female employees of Fox News who made allegations of sexual harassment against chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 2016, and the Australian actress plays Kayla Pospisil, a composite character based on the accounts of multiple real women.

The I, Tonya star knew she wanted to be part of the film because of her immediate reaction to Charles Randolph’s script.

“I was pretty rattled by the time I got to the end of the script, to be honest,” she said on The Big Ticket podcast. “And I knew long before I finished the script that I wanted to do it and be a part of it, just because I thought it was important to tell, and be a part of, and support in any way that I can. I hadn’t, for once, thought of the character first. I thought of the content and the messaging before kind of aligning myself with the character. That came next, was starting to understand Kayla.”

It took a while for Robbie to understand the point of view of Kayla, a religious Republican who has long dreamed of working at Fox News, so she took to Twitter to help gain some insight.

“Twitter was extremely helpful. I would follow these young, conservative girls who are very vocal with their beliefs and their political points of view. And that was fascinating because they’re my age,” the 29-year-old explained. “In some ways, we’d have a lot in common. And then, in other ways, I was like, ‘We are living on totally different planets.’”

Robbie was recently nominated for her supporting role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes.

Bombshell, which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, is in U.S. cinemas now.

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Megyn Kelly: ‘I would have made some edits to Bombshell’

Former news anchor Megyn Kelly has hinted she’s not completely satisfied with her portrayal in new movie Bombshell. Charlize Theron portrays Kelly during her time as a Fox News correspondent in the film, which focuses on the female employees of the TV…

Former news anchor Megyn Kelly has hinted she’s not completely satisfied with her portrayal in new movie Bombshell.

Charlize Theron portrays Kelly during her time as a Fox News correspondent in the film, which focuses on the female employees of the TV news company and the sexual misconduct allegations they made against its chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 2016.

In an Instagram post over the weekend, Kelly distanced herself from the film, making it clear to her followers that she had no involvement with the movie and would have made changes if she could have.

“While the movie Bombshell is loosely based on my experience during the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, I have nothing to do with this film,” she wrote. “I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made.”

Megyn then hinted that she would share her grievances about the film in the near future, adding, “As for my thoughts about the film, I’ll have more soon.”

However, she hoped that those who have experienced sexual misconduct might find comfort in the events portrayed in the film.

“Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it. Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal,” the 49-year-old continued. “My heart goes out to those who’ve gone through it, who I hope might find some comfort in this story.”

To accompany her post, Megyn, who worked with Fox News from 2004 until 2017, shared a picture of her son Thatcher looking at the movie poster for Bombshell in the foyer of a cinema and revealed it confused him because “it appears to show a picture of me”.

Bombshell, which also stars Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, opens in the U.S. on 20 December.

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Charlize Theron wanted to do Roger Ailes’ victims justice with Bombshell

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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Charlize Theron was ‘scared’ about playing Megyn Kelly in Bombshell

Charlize Theron found it “harder” playing journalist Megyn Kelly in Bombshell than portraying serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.The 44-year-old made the confession following a screening of the highly-anticipated upcoming movie Bombshell, in which…

Charlize Theron found it “harder” playing journalist Megyn Kelly in Bombshell than portraying serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.

The 44-year-old made the confession following a screening of the highly-anticipated upcoming movie Bombshell, in which she plays the former Fox News correspondent.

Charlize revealed that preparing for the role proved to be the biggest challenge of her career, rivalling the dark places she had to go to for the 2003 drama, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar.

“This was harder,” she told People. “I was s**t-scared. She’s conflicting. She’s incredibly well known; I’ve never played anybody on that level. I’ve played real people that nobody knows about, so there was less pressure when I did those.”

Charlize, who also serves as the film’s producer, admitted she was hesitant to take on the role.

“(I thought), ‘Maybe there’s somebody out there who can do this better than you can’,” she added. “But I was just really scared too. I honestly knew her so superficially.”

Bombshell centres on the true story of Kelly and her Fox News colleagues, including Gretchen Carlson, who is played by Nicole Kidman in the film, who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against the network’s former CEO Roger Ailes, who died in 2017 at the age of 77.

Kelly later detailed her claims against Ailes in her 2016 memoir, Settle for More.

Bombshell, which also stars Margot Robbie and John Lithgow, hits theatres on 20 December.

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Nicole Kidman didn’t recognise Charlize Theron following Bombshell transformation

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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Russell Crowe’s skin damaged from prosthetics for Roger Ailes role

Russell Crowe’s skin has been damaged from the prosthetics he wore to transform into disgraced TV boss Roger Ailes.The Oscar-winning actor portrays the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in the upcoming TV show The Loudest Voice, w…

Russell Crowe’s skin has been damaged from the prosthetics he wore to transform into disgraced TV boss Roger Ailes.

The Oscar-winning actor portrays the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in the upcoming TV show The Loudest Voice, with the drama focusing on Ailes’ resignation from the company in 2016 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and his death at the age of 77 in 2017.

For the part, Crowe was required to wear dramatic prosthetics and heavy make-up, but on Monday (15Apr19), he admitted in an Instagram post that the process was very challenging.

“The Actor endures … 5 months of prosthetics. 2 make up applications to go… Skin care = discipline,” he captioned a close-up snap of very red skin around his eyelids and nose. “From an actor’s perspective a character like Roger Ailes is a gift… but the physical and mental battle has been intense. The glow some see on my skin is actually damage.”

The Loudest Voice, based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room, is set to premiere in the U.S. on 30 June on the Showtime network.

A photo of the main castmembers in full costume was recently published in The Hollywood Reporter, with the teaser also showing Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson, Seth MacFarlane as Brian Lewis, and Annabelle Wallis as Laurie Luhn.

In the accompanying article, Crowe shared that he was drawn to the part due to the “f**king good material,” though wasn’t thrilled to be spending so much time in the make-up chair getting covered in silicone, especially as filming began back in November.

“By the time we reach the end, I’ll have spent over 12 days of my life in this chair,” the 55-year-old sighed.

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Charlize Theron’s children offer her fashion advice

Charlize Theron’s two children often give her advice on her red carpet choices.The actress made a glamorous appearance at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night (13Jan19), where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy for movie Tully, a…

Charlize Theron’s two children often give her advice on her red carpet choices.

The actress made a glamorous appearance at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night (13Jan19), where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy for movie Tully, and stunned in a one-shoulder, metallic Givenchy dress.

Speaking about her outfits during a chat at the star-studded bash, Charlize opened up about how her little ones, August and Jackson, love to share their opinions on her ensembles.

“Oh, yeah, definitely,” the 43-year-old told Entertainment Tonight when a reporter asked if her kids are interested in what she wears. “They love it. They love saying things just for the sake of saying them, it makes no sense. There’s usually a throwback to a mermaid or a unicorn. It makes no sense, but we just go like this.”

Charlize is famous for her many onscreen transformations, including her Oscar-winning turn in 2003 film Monster.

For her next big role, she is to portray former NBC journalist Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach’s upcoming film about former Fox News head Roger Ailes. In recent photos from the set, Charlize was seen wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, with her hair styled in the same manner as Megyn, while in another, she was seen sporting a black dress similar to the style the journalist often wore while presenting The Kelly File.

“Just a great team of people, a great script and I think a very important story for where we are right now and this movement for women,” Charlize commented of the project, which tells the story of the women at Fox News who stood up to the toxic atmosphere of harassment and intimidation. “This story – the year and a half, two-year span that we cover – was the catalyst in many ways for where we are today and where we’re going in the future, so that to me felt like an important thing to tap into and also just really entertaining.”

Last October, Megyn’s show, Megyn Kelly Today, was cancelled in the wake of her controversial blackface comments.

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Malcolm McDowell to play Rupert Murdoch in Fox News movie

Malcolm McDowell will portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a new film.The British actor has signed on to join the star-studded cast of director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama about the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes, acco…

Malcolm McDowell will portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a new film.

The British actor has signed on to join the star-studded cast of director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama about the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes, according to Variety.

While Murdoch hired Ailes to helm the network in 1996, following a string of controversial comments and accusations of sexual harassment, the businessman ultimately made the decision to push him out of the company and succeeded him in the role until a replacement was found. Ailes died at the age of 77 in May 2017 after suffering a subdural haematoma, which was aggravated by his haemophilia.

In the currently untitled film, Ailes will be played by John Lithgow, while Nicole Kidman is to take on the part of former Fox & Friends presenter Gretchen Carlson, who filed a lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016 claiming sexual harassment.

Charlize Theron has been tapped to play journalist Megyn Kelly, who has also claimed to have been subjected to harassment by Ailes, and Allison Janney is to take on the part of Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich.

Margot Robbie has been cast as a fictional Fox News producer and Kate McKinnon is rumoured to have landed a part too.

Executives at studio Annapurna are producing and financing the film, with The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph penning the script, which is set to explore how a group of women in the company decided to take on Ailes as well as tackle the “toxic male culture” he presided over at the network.

The film is still in the pre-production stages and a potential release date has yet to be announced.

Veteran actor McDowell has had a career which has spanned over 50 years. Following his breakthrough role in the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange, the 75-year-old has had roles in films such as Star Trek: Generations, Time After Time and Halloween.

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