Geena Davis recalled George Clooney’s frustration when Brad Pitt was played opposite her in Thelma & Louise rather than him.
He is a 66-year-old Hollywood actress who starred opposite Susan Sarandon in the 1991 film about two friends on the run from the law after a fishing trip ends in death.
Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to discuss her memoir, Davis told how Clooney auditioned for the part of her character’s love interest, JD, before the final part went to Pitt, helping He had a breakthrough in his career.
She said that Clooney later joked with her during a joint flight that missing that part made him “hate” Pitt.
“I happened to be sitting next to him on the plane and he was so sociable, chatty and wonderful,” Davis said. And at one point he said, ‘I hate that Brad Pitt’.
“Oh no, is he like your best friend or something? And he said ‘No, because he got the part’.
“And I said, ‘Oh, do you want that part?’ and he said, “You can’t tell when I’m auditioning with you?”
In 2004, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which studies representation in Hollywood and the wider screen industry.
The actress told GMB there is still work to be done.
“My institute does all the research and current studies show that 20% of the characters in the movies are 50 or older,” she said.
“But 5% are women (those) 50 or older. So the piece of cake that we received was very small. “
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