Lately, I’ve been in meetings regarding a new script idea I have. A studio executive asked me to change the female lead to a male, because ‘women don’t go to movies.’ Really? When I pointed out the box office successes of Sex and the City, Mamma Mia, and Obsessed, he called them ‘flukes.’ He said ‘don’t quote me on this.’ So, I’m telling everybody.
– Nia Vardalos, Studios Won’t Cast Women as Leads Because “Women Don’t Go to Movies”
There was a Helen before there was a War, but who remembers her?
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
That’s one thing that’s always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it and that was it.
There are no good girls gone wrong—just bad girls found out.