Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie talk ‘Bombshell’ and tense scenes

“Bombshell” is directed by Jay Roach. (Supplied)
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Updated 16 December 2019

Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie talk ‘Bombshell’ and tense scenes

  • The film stars a power trio of A-listers — Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman portray former Fox anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, with Margot Robbie playing Kayla, a fictional composite of multiple women at the news network

LOS ANGELES: In 2016, Fox News was turned upside down when allegations of sexual harassment against CEO Roger Ailes were made public. The build-up, backlash and fallout are chronicled in new movie, “Bombshell.”

The film stars a power trio of A-listers — Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman portray former Fox anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, with Margot Robbie playing Kayla, a fictional composite of multiple women at the news network. With director Jay Roach at the helm, “Bombshell” is a slick dramatization of events in the style of writer Charles Randolph’s previous film “The Big Short.”

Theron and Robbie have already received Golden Globe nominations for their roles and Arab News sat down with them them and co-star John Lithgow, who plays Ailes, about making the film.

“Ailes is a fascinating character,” Lithgow said, “the most valuable asset I had in the role was Connie Britton (as Ailes’ wife, Beth). The look on her face and the look of shame on his face at her finding out about it was extremely powerful.”

The decision to take on a role in the movie wasn’t easy for Theron, however.

“It wasn’t a very easy decision for me. Jay (Roach) gets credit for giving me the last push. He really helped me get my head around understanding Megyn because that was complicated for me. While we were shooting it became more complicated because she was let go from NBC for racially insensitive comments and that devastated me,” she told Arab News.

The film led the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Wednesday, boosting its Oscar hopes. Lionsgate's star-studded #MeToo drama secured acting nods for its lead Theron, as well as supporting actresses Kidman and Robbie, and an overall cast nomination.

And Robbie’s nomination is well deserved, especially considering one particularly uncomfortable scene depicting sexual harassment.

“I can’t think of a single scene that has really gotten inside the room where some version of sexual harassment on this level takes place… if you just saw a transcript, you wouldn’t know anything wrong had happened. But as she says in the film, ‘something just happened and I don’t know what it was.’ That’s what harassment is all about,” Robbie said.


Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

Updated 12 August 2020

Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

  • The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days
  • Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone"

CAIRO: Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea died on Wednesday at the age of 77 after a short illness.
The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days before he died in hospital, Egyptian newspapers said. 
Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone in Egyptian theatrical performance,” Al-Akhbar El-Youm newspaper reported.
Abdel Dayem said that throughout his career he succeeded in performing complex characters and produced a group of immortal works.
The actor, theater director and professor was the dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Cairo.  
He reportedly married nine times, among them his marriage to Egyptian actor Nada Bassiouny.
Born in 1943, in Assiut region, Upper Egypt, Shafea lived in a village for eight years before moving to Cairo with his father.
His love for acting was met with objection from his father, who was a scholar at Al-Azhar Islamic Institute.
Shafea took part in almost 30 films and played a number of roles in many television series, the most prominent of which are “Omar bin Abdul Aziz”, “Haroun Al-Rasheed”, “Bab Al-Khalq”, “Hadret Al Motaham Aby”, and during last Ramadan he participated in “Layalina 80”.