Diablo Cody Wanted To Create A “Beloved” Female “Anti-Hero”

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“The conventional knowledge in Hollywood is that an unsympathetic female character can tank a movie. I’m hoping that’s not true. I’m knocking on wood really emphatically right now but honestly I have a lot of theories sometimes I wonder if it comes down to mommy issues. The idea of a cold, unlikeable woman or a woman who is not in control of herself is genuinely frightening to people because it threatens civilization itself or threatens the American family. But I don’t know why people are always willing to accept and even like flawed male characters.We’ve seen so many lovable anti-heroes who are curmudgeons or addicts or bad fathers and a lot of those characters have become beloved icons and I don’t see women allowed to play the same parts. So it was really important to me to try and turn that around.”

– Diablo Cody explains in further depth her decision to write a movie centered around a highly unlikeable female character, something I pointed out in my review of that film, “Young Adult.” I thought Cody’s attempt was a complete success — while Charlize Theron’s character Mavis is, for the most part, utterly loathsome, she is also fascinating and complex. The film opened in select cities this past weekend and is in theaters nationwide this weekend. Did you see it? If so, what did you think? [Woman and Hollywood/IndieWire]

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