James Dean with director George Stevens on the set of Giant, 1955.
Whenever I do a film, I always feel that I know the characters and the actor is just acquainted with them, because I have the whole script and relate to the whole thing. I had one scene with Jimmy - when the Benedicts give this big party for Leslie - and I told Jimmy, ‘Go over toward her and as you pass the bar, pour yourself a big drink and drink it down. Pour yourself another one if you like.’ And he said to me, ‘Look, I have this flask in my pocket. Why don’t I go over to the bar and get a glass and pour the stuff from my flask?’ And I said, ‘Forget it, Jimmy. It’s their booze. Pour yourself a big drink of their stuff.’
And I just realized a few years ago, that what Jimmy wanted to do would have been the cutest bit in the movie. His point was that it had to do with pride - he was too proud to take a drink from their table. Usually I think I know a character better than anyone, but what I told Jimmy Dean was damn wrong. His idea was too damn smart, and he didn’t explain it to me, so I didn’t get it then. But he really knew that character, and that’s the best tribute I can pay to his talent as an actor.
"I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high."
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.
(Source: witchlingfumbles, via bexitah)
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