“Charlie’s Angels,” which helped coin the term “Jiggle TV” in the 1970s, is less about the jiggle and more about “sisterhood” in the 2019 movie version, according to a new vignette featuring chats with the stars.
“I felt like it was a great time to reinvigorate ‘Charlie’s Angels,'” says director and star Elizabeth Banks.. “It’s always been about a sisterhood. I think it’s really fun to fight back as good friends.”
In this case, the angels are played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Banks plays a female version of “Bosley,” a role traditionally played by men in the original show and two subsequent movies.
Of course, with a lineup like that it’s impossible to totally dismiss the jiggle factor, and plenty of that is on display in a new vignette featuring the stars talking about the film. Banks gets a lot of kudos for her direction.
“She made me feel so able, the exact reason she’s making this movie,” says Stewart. “The way that we as women can only build each other up because we know each other through and through.”
“Elizabeth Banks is a powerhouse,” adds Balinska. “She wrote, produced, directed and starred in the movie and that’s never happened before in a Charlie’s Angel movie.”
She’s got that right.
Although women have always been the stars, men have always shaped the characters.
Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts created and wrote the original show and Aaron Spelling, the king of Jiggle TV, produced it.
Goff, a veteran Hollywood writer, was 60 when he wrote the show and Roberts was in his mid-50s, not exactly children of the Age of Aquarius.
Spelling was the undisputed king of Jiggle TV. He either directed or produced such shows as “The Mod Squad,” “The Rookies,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,””Dynasty,” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
The original stars, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith, were all about action-adventure, but it may have been one of the first shows where the stars went braless.
The 2000 movie “Charlie’s Angels,” was also written by men, Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon and John August. Joseph McGinty Nichol directed.
Nicol returned to direct the 2003 reboot “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” August returned to write the script with Cormac Wibberly and, for the first time, a woman, Marianne Wibberley.
Banks was tasked with updating the film to reflect 2019 attitudes about women, while staying true to the television show’s themes without patronizing the characters.
“We took this world and just expanded it,” says Stewart. We are louder; we are stronger in numbers.”
“Seeing women being heroes on-screen is important,” adds Scott.
“I wanted to make something that I felt was important to women and girls,” says Banks. “The celebration of what women can accomplish when they work together.”
But never fear, there is still plenty of glam.
The picture is slated for release next week (Nov. 15). It will be going up against “The Good Liar” and “Ford v Ferrari.”
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