Kurt Russell, who’s had a long Hollywood career and a relationship almost as long to actress Goldie Hawn is fighting mad about the way women are treated when they’re up for film roles.
The 67-year-old movie icon hit out at Hollywood for its “historical” mistreatment of women. He claimed it’s far easier for a male to get roles and succeed in the industry than it is for a woman.
“Historically we can look at the product that comes out of Hollywood and for the most part it is more difficult playing in that world as an actress than it is an actor. But that is probably going to change too,” he said.
Kurt Russell who starred in the Quentin Tarantino film “Hateful Eight,” has been in a relationship with Goldie Hawn since 1983.
He also took a swipe at ageism in the industry. Male actors tend to have lucrative careers well into their old age, whereas female actresses are judged on their looks and sex appeal. Often, lose out on roles when they reach a certain age, he says.
Kurt Russell acknowledged there were exceptions to the rule, including his life partner Goldie.
“[Goldie’s] energy is incredible, she still looks great, she is in great shape and she is interested in things other than primarily what is going on in this town but every once in a while she ducks her head in and has some fun,” he tells BW magazine.
Like many Hollywood actors, neither Kurt nor Goldie watch the films they’re in, and will only watch one of their movies if they accidentally stumble across one while “flipping around.”
“Every once in a while, we’ll come across one of our movies on television if we’re flipping around, and we’ll check out something if we haven’t seen it for a long time,” he says.
Hollywood’s treatment of older actors and female actresses in general has been a hot-button issue for some time now.
Brie Larson recently revealed she may be one of the first Hollywood actresses to work on a film that has an “inclusion rider” to insure diversity in the cast, but she still says Hollywood has a long way to go before it overcomes its “segregated” past.
The 29-year-old actress stars with Michael B. Jordan in the upcoming biographical drama “Just Mercy.” The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
It’s based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who represented a man wrongly convicted of murder in the deep South.
It’s the first Warner Bros. film to come with a so-called “inclusion rider.” The measure guarantees diversity in the cast and crew. But Larson says it’s been no easy task to follow the policy.
“When it came time to implement it, Warner Bros. wasn’t quite [comfortable with] an actor implementing it. So Michael worked with them [as an executive producer].
Earlier this year, Carey Mulligan said Hollywood is still failing to provide “interesting and complicated” roles for women. The situation creates a “lack of opportunity” for actresses.
The 32-year-old actress starred in this year’s highly acclaimed “Mudbound” and is probably best known for her role in “The Great Gatsby.”
“I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the better writing is,” she said at the premiere of her BBC Two and Netflix co-production “Collateral.”
“Films have tended to provide a lot for men… not so much for women,” she added.
Mulligan previously admitted feeling “belittled” in Hollywood because of her gender. She said she often has to “fight” to make her voice heard when discussing scripts with film executives.