“I think that it’s a mistake to isolate men completely”: Charlize Theron Defended $61M Movie With Margot Robbie for Being Written by Male Writers Despite Female-Led Cast

Bombshell is a drama film based on true events, that was directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph. The film comprises three women leads, and the Hollywood actresses Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie gave a power-packed performance.

The movie revolved around accounts of the women at Fox News, who planned to expose CEO Roger Ailes for s-xual harassment.

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie in Bombshell (2019)

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie in Bombshell (2019)

Bombshell features a cast comprising woman leads and a storyline told from a female point of view. However, some critics and viewers raised questions about the movie being written and directed by men. Charlize Theron talked on the topic in an interview.

Charlize Theron opens up on Bombshell’s male writer and director

Over the past few years, the conversations about who should be telling stories about women have become quite popular. In an interview with The New York Times, 2019 film Bombshell star and producer Theron opened up on the topic.

The actress was asked about the commercially successful film written and directed by men. She shared that her first instinct for the roles would have been women, but she became part of the project at a later stage. She added that she joined the project because she was impressed by the script.

Charlize Theron in Bombshell (2019)

Charlize Theron in Bombshell (2019)

Theron defended the film and said that people should not compartmentalize the stories. She said,

“But this is such a great example of how we should not compartmentalize these stories to just one particular s-x being able to tell it. I want to see more opportunities for female writers and filmmakers, but I also think that it’s a mistake to isolate men completely from that process. When you find the right man to tell that story, there’s real value in that.”
She added,
“Listen, we should always question this stuff, and I’m totally open to the conversation around it, but if I had to do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same way. The men in my life are incredibly compassionate and ask questions about things in a way that is inspiring to me. Why would I eliminate that interest?”

The movie has an average income at the box office with $61.4 million grossing worldwide.

Charlize Theron’s Bombshell is based on a true story

The drama film featured Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson as two former Fox News anchors who accused the channel CEO Ailes of s-xual misconduct. The allegations by the women led to Ailes’ resignation, which completely changed Fox News’ corporate structure.

Along with the leading ladies, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney were the supporting cast.

Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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