Which Top Actors Have Never Worked With A Female Director?
There isn’t a quick fix for the lack of diversity in Hollywood, but there are quite a few steps that industry players could take right now that would make a damn. Over at Cosmopolitan, Logan Hill crunched the numbers and found an embarrassing lack of leading male actors have ever worked with a female director; some, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey Jr., haven’t worked with one in over 20 years. These are the biggest names in Hollywood, the kind that can mean your dream project (or, hell, dumb-ass sequel) getting financed in a heartbeat. It makes a huge difference.
On the other hand, David Oyelowo has gone out of his way to do the opposite. The Selma star tells Cosmo, “I’ve had to actively pursue working with female filmmakers,” a move that helps the directors and his own craft to boot. He continued,
“I know those guys have missed out on something. We’ve all seen those careers, where an actor is on a hamster wheel, churning out similar performances and doing similar kinds of roles. I can almost guarantee that some of their best performances have not been realized because they haven’t varied the gaze that they have been under as an actor.”
It’s not a huge surprise that some of the biggest offenders are actors like Tom Cruise and Vin Diesel, whose bread and butter are action franchises, but Daniel Radcliffe? Jamie Foxx? Orlando Bloom? Come on! We expected better from you. And Leonardo? If you can survive The Revenant, surely you can take a look around and work with a director outside of your white hetero dude wheelhouse.
“If you have green-light power and you’re not being sure you’re directed by a woman, you’re making a deliberate choice,” Lexi Alexander told Cosmo.
Get it together, dudes. If you really care that your costars are being underpaid, or that they’re continually asking the same jaw-droppingly sexist questions during endless junkets, or you’re just interested in, you know, making a cool movie, maybe you should look into the many talented female filmmakers who could really use a boost from your big-name appeal.