Two actresses have spoken up this week about some of Hollywood’s problems with female roles in recent blockbusters.
First up, Olivia Wilde dropped by The Howard Stern Show where she revealed she was u for the role of Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” but missed out on the part for a specific reason – her age. Wilde, who was 28 at the time of the audition, said:
“I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated. ‘I was like, oh, that sounds nice… and then I found out later that they actually said ‘old.’ ‘Sophisticated’ might be a code word in Hollywood – for ‘old'”.
Ultimately then 22-year-old Margot Robbie was cast in the role, an actress sixteen years younger than DiCaprio in the lead role as Jordan Belfort. What makes things even more questionable – the wife character in real-life was only a few months of age difference with Belfort.
There was an upside though, her audition for ‘Wolf’ lead to Scorsese remembering her and so she was cast in his HBO series “Vinyl” without having to audition for that. As for the actress who scored the ‘Wolf’ role? “Margot Robbie crushed that role like a sexy ninja and I LOVED her in it.”
Stern seems to be getting various actresses to open up this week. Speaking with the shock jock on Monday, actress Sally Field discussed her time in the role of Aunt May on “The Amazing Spider-Man” films and revealed she wasn’t a major fan of the experience:
“It’s not my kind of movie, but my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film. She was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human. … It was really just for my friend.
It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it. You work it as much as you can, but you can’t put ten pounds of s–t in a five-pound bag. You have to try to make it as much of a logical performance as you can, and Andrew [Garfield], under those circumstances, is such a lovely, lovely actor. We found the relationship in who we were, and that was fun”
Marisa Tomei takes over the role for the upcoming Marvel-approved reboot of the franchise.