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“There’s a double standard in terms of the kinds of things men can say in PG-13 movies. You put those same words in the mouths of women and it became far more terrifying. As soon as we articulated this and brought up examples, it was incredibly gratifying to see the MPAA came to the same conclusion.”
Bechdel-passing female characters make bank!! (Chart courtesy of Vocativ)
“When creative executives get in a room and go down the list of possible directors for a movie that’s already financed, they simply don’t see many women to choose from. If we get more women making movies, there will be more people to consider from that list. On some level it’s simply a numbers game.”
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“When we did Ocean’s Thirteen the casino set used $60,000 of electricity every week. How do you justify that? Do you justify that by saying, the people who could’ve had that electricity are going to watch the movie for two hours and be entertained – except they probably can’t, because they don’t have any electricity, because we used it.”
Have you seen Blancanieves yet? Don’t miss it. Snow White as a female bullfighter in 1920s Spain. Playing in these cities.
JLaw = Best Choice for Young Han Solo (how awesome would that be?!)
“It’s changed in Hollywood, but only so much. You can’t get Asians cast in leads yet. Maybe as a second lead, but the lead is still going to be Caucasian or African-American. But Hollywood is fickle, it follows trends. If a show or a film did well with an Asian lead, then it would take off.”
“Women’s bodies in films are either highly objectified and sexualised or, past a certain age, made fun of. In North American films, there’s no sort of routine nudity so I wanted something that wasn’t particularly eventful for them in that moment.”
“Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town. We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it… They said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ by the way. Which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.”
“I’d say financially the movie industry is slightly ahead of the buggy whip industry (laughs). It’s not the best place in the world for investment. The business itself is sound. It’s not growing or declining appreciably, but in terms of impacting the world, a story well told has such profound implications for change. I haven’t found a better way to change the way people view the world and the way they behave.”
eBay founder Jeff Skoll, who turned his Internet profits into Participant Media, in an absorbing Q&A with Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. and Participant CEO Jim Berk.
Participant has made 41 films in 8 years, and bagged five Oscars and 22 nominations along the way. It has with three more films in the mix for this awards season. Not bad, particularly when you consider Participant only backs films that discuss a pressing policy or social issue.
And clearly, though the business isn’t growing like the ones that have made Skoll and some of his former co-workers very rich, Skoll says entertainment still isn’t rivaled as a way to spark a thoughtful conversation about a difficult issue.
Participant is unique in Hollywood in terms of its combined success and focus. Learn more about what makes it go here.
“When we talk about something, we’ve got to know our stuff 10 times better than anybody else to be taken seriously. And that’s OK. I would stay clear about something I don’t know. But Asia’s my area; Tibet’s my area. AIDS was very, very important to me.”