25 April 2016

Updated: ‘How can this still be happening?’ Daniel Radcliffe about Hollywood's gender inequality

In one of the Australian interviews in promotion of Victor Frankenstein, available on DVD there on 27th April, Daniel talks about Hollywood's gender inequality.

The other interviews I did share on social media: junkee.com and another one from The Daily Telegraph's RendezView.

Update: Listen to it on soundcloud. Daniel at 31:05.

“It is nuts to me,” he says, sitting on a couch at the hip albeit swanky Soho Hotel in London.“I’m incredibly glad it (gender equality) has come up because I had just f**king naively thought this was not an issue any more because how can this still be happening?

“It’s crazy. It is definitely the time for our industry to step up. Especially if we want to pride ourselves on being a liberal, progressive industry then you can’t be doing that.”

“What I found shocking about the whole American Hustle thing,” he continues, referring to the scandal that broke when the wage details of the David O. Russell film were released. “And please correct me if I’m wrong — but if I have this right, they had all the boys on one deal and all the girls on another deal.

“That, to me, is shocking … stuff like that is crazy and the thing I can’t help but think is ‘Who? Who’s doing that? What guy is sitting in a studio somewhere thinking let’s f**k the girls out of some money’?”
What is important according to Daniel in this interview? airtime.
Talking about it, writing about it, discussing it openly and publicly — even from his position of a white guy in Hollywood — is increasing the visibility of the issues and the need for change.

“The conversations that have been had over the past few years about the type of roles for women in films, the fact that these conversations have all taken place over the last few years and become much more open should mean that you do start to see changes.

“And I feel like I am starting to see changes, particularly in the type of roles for women. “I just did a film with Toni Collette (Imperium) and she’s f**king bad-ass in this film and it’s a f**king awesome role.

“The themes of it are coming up more, you know, Furiosa — all that shit. And you know what was really especially cool about that (Mad Max: Fury Road) was I feel like that was made long before a lot of this stuff was talked about. Its release was very timely, but it was made long before this was a hot topic.

“It’s very cool and I feel like there’s such a wealth of amazing actresses in the world right now and we’ve got to start writing better parts for them and paying them equally.”
source: dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview

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