However you feel about Anne, bravo to her for this take down.
Watch interviews with her and with ScarJo about their comic book films. Watch how they always get questions about their bodies and clothing and diets and blah blah blah fucking blah. Watch as the male cast members do not get the same treatment.
Because apparently all we care about when it comes to actresses are their bodies and not, ya know, their acting.
This assclown asked Scarlett Johanson about her diet too. Anne gets all my respect for handling him.
I knew this guy was an absolute idiot when he used the word “regime” instead of “regimen” twice in two sentences. And I agree that, in general, female superhero characters and the actresses who portray them are still treated differently than their male counterparts (in a myriad of ways). And that’s rather gross.
But to be fair: male actors who play superheroes absolutely get this treatment, too. I’ve seen Chris Evans, Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon Routh, and many others asked many times about their regimens. Often, they are also featured in/put on the cover of men’s health magazines sans shirts with the express intent of shedding light on the diet and exercise routine that helped them achieve the look they were going for. And I say this with pretty healthy knowledge, as I’ve read up on just about every modern article with the words “the [male superhero] workout” in the title — just to marvel (pun!) at what they went through.
[Note: Bale gets asked about his body every other movie, with the way he loses and gains weight like a mad man.]
However, if you ask me (the unqualified half-a-man), it DOES seem discriminatory and demeaning when Hathaway or Johansson are asked questions like this for three reasons:
- There just aren’t many female superhero films/major female superhero characters (a larger, separate problem, for sure). So because of that imbalance, there are only a few actresses who qualify to even be asked that question (I guess the only other recent examples would be Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, and Jaimie Alexander) and so then when they ARE asked, it subsequently feels like an overwhelming majority of the questions posed to these women are based on their appearance, due to the small sample size.
- I think journalists (particularly men) are much more comfortable saying “you look incredible — how did you get this body?” to women than men (you can read into that homophobia/sexualization as much you like). See: that specific instance where the guy consecutively asked Downey a challenging question and then basically asked Johnasson about her butt.
- Unlike when the male superhero actors are asked, these questions are often asked of women more prominently, in lieu of other, non-body-based questions, as if these were the most pressing things we want and need to know about them. That’s just reductive for a professional whose primary job is to perform, not to fit into a costume or match a comic book body shape. If this was one of the last of fifteen questions asked, it would be okay. But my guess is this was one of the first things he (and others, I’m sure) would ask. That’s pretty insulting.
Further: selfishly, just from the standpoint of the consumer or the “audience”… it’s a really, super boring question. What worthwhile answer do you expect to get from a man or woman about weeks/months of training, when it’s crammed into the middle of a 3-minute press interview (that interview itself in the middle of a day of 3-minute interviews)? They can’t (and don’t want to) go into detail or elaborate, so they’re going to tell you the basic “watch what you eat and go to the gym”. So why ask?
Regardless, this guy seems like an idiot. First of all, Anne Hathaway has always been super slim so, why would we even assume she needed to exercise or diet specifically to fit into a cat suit or other form-fitting clothes? Dumb. If you want to talk about her role as Catwoman presenting a physical challenge (and it certainly must have, given that she’s normally not in films like this), ask her about all the action required or any combat training she went through. Did she do her own stunts? Other than Get Smart, she hasn’t had many roles that demanded such physicality — did that affect demand of the character affect her performance? How about asking if she enjoys doing that sort of stuff? Why am I helping you?
Also, tell her the pixie cut looks phenomenal.