Sigourney Weaver’s Self-Own Is One for the Ages
'Call Jane' star's take on Republicans says plenty about Hollywood elitism
Sigourney Weaver is defying Hollywood ageism.
The industry can be cruel to women over 40, something “Inside Amy Schumer” famously roasted via her Comedy Central showcase.
Warning: Adult language.
Weaver is busier than ever 43 years after her breakthrough role in “Alien.”
The 73-year-old stars in “Call Jane,” the industry’s latest pro-choice drama. The film focuses on a woman (Elizabeth Banks) seeking an abortion prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973.
The actress will also appear, albeit digitally, in “Avatar: The Way of Water.” It’s the belated sequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster 2009 yarn. Plus, she romances Kevin Kline in the recent indie drama “The Good House” and appears in Paul Schrader’s “Master Gardener.”
Weaver spoke to the New York Times about “Call Jane,” her early days in Hollywood and the political scene. The latter is notable for two reasons. One, she suggests multiple states rejected the “Call Jane” production due to its content.
That seems unlikely given the crush of pro-abortion movies made over the past decade. Plus, any such discrimination would have generated sizable press coverage.
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She also shared her view on Republicans. She grew up in a conservative family, she says, but now she can’t understand how Republican actors can ply their trade.
I think as an artist, we tell these stories about self-expression, about the people’s welfare and how vulnerable they are, and I don’t know how you could be a Republican and tell the stories that actors tell. I’m sure I’m wrong, I’m sure there are lots of Republicans that could, but you have to be able to play anyone, which forces you to have compassion for people with other positions and reinforces your conviction that people need freedom.
She suggests Republicans lack compassion for the less fortunate. That may come as a shock since multiple studies show conservatives donate far more than their liberal peers. And that doesn’t include the countless volunteer hours from Red State types.
It’s insulting and ignorant.
She also conveniently forgets major conservative stars like Clint Eastwood, whose storytelling chops have earned him five Oscars so far. Or Jon Voight, the Oscar-winning star of “Coming Home,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “Ray Donovan.”
She admits she’s wrong about her views before doubling down on them.
Actors, she correctly notes, must have compassion for the people they bring to life on screen. Stars often share how they find the humanity in even the worst characters, like serial killers and pedophiles, to create great art.
Yet she admits to having little of it for conservative Americans.
‘have compassion for people with other positions’
It’s a self-own of epic proportions, but the New York Times interviewer just lets it go.
She’s not alone in her disgust for Republican artists. Ben Affleck once confessed to his unease at watching Republican actors at work.
“When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That s--t fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion.”
Yeah, she hang around with Elizabeth Banks too much.
Another useless eater.
Where is the compassion for those with the conservative viewpoint?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Why do we listen to people who get paid for pretending! Like it’s some kinds of serious endeavor that requires intelligence?
Compassion for a serial killer but not for a Republican who simply has a different point of view? I used to think Weaver was exceptionally talented and intelligent. Guess I was wrong. I always thought Affleck was a narrow-minded dipstick. Guess I was right.
Just another empty skull with a complete void between the ears. I cannot speak for others, but what part of the public has any care or concern what this actress has to say, about anything?
Weaver is correct. The root of the GOP remains a steadfast justification of righteousness to cause unlimited misery for everyone who is not like them. Labelling this as a lack of compassion is a profound understatement
The party who invented “f your feelings snowflake” is free to wish a few volunteer hours almost relieving a tiny part of the terrible problems they cause makes up for having a callous and bigoted core.
The primacy of feelings championed by the Left has enfeebled people to the point where a glance is or a word is interpreted as harm. When everything is intercepted that way, genuine empathy becomes exhausted and patience wears thin. It’s not a lack of feeling for others … it’s an expectation of reciprocity and adult behavior.
You wore yourself out waving a friendly hello to so many liberals and now you barely have enough strength left to wave middle fingers. Bless your heart and get some rest.