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biast | by maryann johanson

curated: Johnny Depp thinks one female villain in his onscreen career is more than enough

Sounds like a symptom of that well-known delusion, that women are dominating a situation even when they’re barely present in it. (“[I]f women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men…”)


  • Bluejay

    The hidden jewel in that article is the link to the complete blog post by Terry Rossio. Very lengthy, but revelatory.

    http://www.wordplayer.com/columns/wp55.Time.Risk.html

  • TL;DR: “Hollywood runs on bravado and bullshit, not on thoughtful creativity.”

    As with so many other human endeavors, I am left imagining how much better everything would be if the world ran more on cooperation than competition.

  • Bluejay

    It’s no news that writers are unappreciated and underpaid (or unpaid), but I appreciated how Rossio laid out in excruciating detail all the specific ways in which screenwriters’ efforts are mostly unpaid labor (and designed to be that way). His advice in the latter third of his post seems useful as well, to more than just screenwriters.

  • RogerBW

    This villain’s a pirate; that villain’s the forces of mundanity; this villain’s a woman… what do you mean there’s more than one sort of woman?

  • Tonio Kruger

    Ironically, Depp has worked with female villains before Dark Shadows. At least three of his previous movies — Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Alice in Wonderland — had female villains and The Ninth Gate had his character literally interacting with a female version of the Devil.

    I’m not sure what inspired his sudden change of heart but it seems a bit late in the day for him to start complaining about having to work with female evil-doers…

  • David C-D

    Wow. Thanks for that. I’m sure I should have been sleeping, but I’m glad I read that blog post instead.

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