Charlize Theron didn't meet Megyn Kelly before 'Bombshell' role

Brenda Watkins
January 18, 2020

Bombshell captures the toxic environment inside the Fox News building, where Ailes would advance or terminate a woman's career on the basis of sexual favours, his behaviour was an open secret (much like Weinstein's) and impunity derived from a maxim, voiced here, "that no woman in corporate America gets to sue her boss".

The date, which she went on in her 20s, was really good, but the "Bombshell" star said something rather freakish then happened.

She continued, wiping away tears of laughter: "I swear on my life, I've never forgotten it because I've yet to meet another person who likes to have somebody make out with their nose".

With Harvey Weinstein about to go on trial, the timing is particularly apt for a film that outlines the fall from grace of another media giant who used his powerful position to sexually victimise women. "We want more than that".

Trump's attitude to women is the elephant in the control room here as it becomes clear that these ambitious, highly driven women have previously tolerated the explicit threats of their boss to "find ways of showing loyalty" to get ahead in the cut-throat world of United States television journalism. And he picked me up for dinner, we went and had dinner, it was lovely. Where we are not even in that situation where we have to choose what we're going to do in the first place.

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Theron was, "incredibly moved" and stated that Kelly's video was emotional for all who worked on the film. He said that he wanted to create it so he "could tell that story, that really delicate, complicated story, which reflects patriarchy and power inequality, but in a very different way than we normally associate with narratives of harassment".

In the round table discussion, Kelly brought together her fellow former Fox colleagues - Juliet Huddy (former host of Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet), Rudi Bakhtiar (former Fox News reporter) and Julie Zann (former associate producer of Fox News Live) - as well as her husband Douglas Brunt to share their reactions to Bombshell. He wrote the story way back when Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Fox News' CEO Roger Ailes. "You really let off Roger easily".

Charlize explained: "There are things she's said in the past that have bothered me". " Because I just felt like nobody was doing it", he shared about his motivation behind telling the story. "It's just too weird to see somebody who looks just like you on the screen, pretending to be you".

"Bombshell" is already in theaters.

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