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Actress Kathleen Turner. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Kathleen Turner. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


In scorching interview, legendary actress Kathleen Turner blasts ‘pure gender crap’ that’s pervasive in Hollywood

By WITW Staff on August 7, 2018

Kathleen Turner set social media on fire Tuesday with a wide-ranging Q&A she gave to David Marchese of Vulture. Turner eviscerated the notion that she is difficult to work with by telling a story about a dispute she had with iconic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola on the set of the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married to highlight how men’s and women’s ideas are received differently — and what actually happens when someone stops and listens to a woman’s idea for a hot second.

Marchese asked Turner about how she was portrayed in the media as being “difficult” to work with and, to which she replied, “The ‘difficult’ thing was pure gender crap. If a man comes on set and says, ‘Here’s how I see this being done,’ people go, ‘He’s decisive.’ If a woman does it, they say, ‘Oh, fuck. There she goes.’

Turner illustrated her point with an anecdote from filming the scene with Coppola. “Here’s one that was very nicely resolved with Francis,” she said. “Sometimes at night I dream the scene I’m going to be doing the next day, and with Peggy Sue I had dreamed a scene where my character was coming down the stairs in the old house and meets her mother. In my dream the camera was there. When I got on set, the camera was here. I was disoriented,” Turner explained. “I said to Francis, ‘The camera’s supposed to be over there’ — because that’s how I’d dreamed it — and he went, ‘No, it’s not.’ I said, ‘I’m telling you it should be over there.’ He goes, ‘Well, it’s over here.’ So we made a deal,” she revealed. “He said that if I gave him as many takes as he wanted from where he had set the camera, he would give me two takes from where I wanted the camera. And guess what happened?

“The take he used was from your spot?” Marchese asked.

“Damn right,” Turner said.

Marchese and Turner, 64, cover a ton of ground in the interview, including her signature raspy voice and what happens when she calls up a restaurant to make a reservation. She also talks about what it was like to work with Jack Nicholson, the feeling she had when she shook Donald Trump’s hand back in the 1980s, her thoughts on Elizabeth Taylor, and why she’s “fucking angry, man” about “everything.”

Turner’s uncompromising candor resonated instantly with readers, who expressed their admiration of her in no uncertain terms on Twitter. Perhaps it was Marchese who put it best, though, by saying that Turner now “deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame of IDGAF Interviewees.”

Read the full Q&A at Vulture.


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