Rose McGowan gets some wardrobe advice
Imagine Ben Affleck being asked to come to an audition in tight sexy pants. Imagine him getting dumped by his agent because he refused.
What kind of a house of mirrors world is that? It’s the one Rose McGowan—and so many other actresses—have to live in every day.
A few days ago McGowan made headlines when she publicly complained that she was told to come to an Adam Sandler film wearing revealing clothing, including tight jeans or leggings and a form-fitting top, preferably with a push-up bra to show off The Girls.
She was indignant and refused. Imagine that! She was also annoyed that Sandler specified she must read the script pages sent to her prior so that she “understood” the part she was auditioning for.
Yeah, I guess that’s what you always say to a 20-something year Hollywood veteran. You gotta unnerstand the wurds.
There’s some controversy about what happened next. Originally Ms. McGowan reported she was fired by her agent, Sheila Wenzel, because she spoke out. She tweeted, “I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood. Hahaha. #douchebags #awesome #BRINGIT.”
But a while later she changed her story, saying her agent had left the agency prior to the Sandler incident and she (McGowan) had nothing but warm and fuzzy feelings for her.
I’m not exactly sure what the story is, but what no one is denying is that there’s definitely a casting couch, it’s for women, and when one of them, a Rose by any other name, didn’t want to lie down on it, she caught crap for it.
Other actresses, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Charlize Theron to Susan Sarandon, have spoken about how they had to deal, early in their careers, with doing special favors to get work. Sadly and regretfully, this may explain why some very talented people never go very far. Conversely, it may also explain why some minimally-talented people move through the ranks quickly, despite mediocre box office and reviews.
Why is Hollywood still so “male-eyed,” to use a 60s liberal arts college term that nonetheless seems to fit? Partly because guys mostly go to the movies, or determine the movies. But of course that’s not the whole story. Frankly, why woman continue to flock to these films too and seem to enjoy stories where they’re treated like doormats with nothing to offer but their hooters, is another one of those mysteries. After all, no one is forcing them to help these movies break box office records.
McGowan may consider what goes on “bullshit,” but for many filmgoers of the same sex, it’s business as usual. Adam Sandler, and others like him, live in a world of pubescent immaturity, yet the films make tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Films like the recent Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, trying so hard to break out of her fantasy film mold, or the superbly-received In A World, written, directed by and starring the multitalented Lake Bell, wash up on the shore of public consciousness like dead fish.
“Give the public what it wants,” Sam Goldwyn supposedly once said. Sadly, that’s what Hollywood seems to be doing. And people like Ms. McGowan, who refuse to play the game, often find themselves banished.