Can I just say that I love George Clooney even more than ever? You know he's a stand-up guy: rumors are legend about him not tolerating nonsense and ignorance on his sets, but now he has spoken out to Entertainment Weekly about the Hollywood Myth that women can't carry movies:
"There's this strange thing that's happened over the last 25 or 30 years where there's this decision being made that women aren't able to carry the box office,"
Now, Bridesmaids has proved that to be bullsh*t, and 'The Help' has proven it to be bullsh*t. But it's much harder to get a film with a woman lead made. When a man hits 40 is when roles just begin to happen. And for women it doesn't happen. I find that to be a very concerning issue."
It boggles my mind at who makes these decisions about what can and can't carry a movie. Talk about close-minded, right? Huffington Post points out the numbers back up the claim that women can, in fact, carry a movie:
Domestic and international returns combined, "The Ides of March" took in $57 million, while "The Descendants" took in $40 million domestically (without a substantial international release to bolster it). On the other hand, "The Help" brought in $203 worldwide, while "Bridesmaids" grossed $288 million.
So Hollywood would rather be stubborn about their discriminatory minds than make a ton of money? What the hell? This world, show business in particular needs more men like George Clooney in it, or at least listen to the man!