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.


Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show

Jean-Paul Gaultier took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Fashion Week. (AFP)
Updated 23 January 2020

Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show

  • Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection

DUBAI: French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on Wednesday took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Couture Week.

Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection.

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat. (AFP)

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves. (AFP)

Gaultier shared a video on his Instagram this week inviting his followers to attend the show and celebrate the end of his half-century career with him. “It is going to be a party with my friends, and we are going to have fun until very, very late.”

He then went on to announce his farewell. “Now I am going to share something with you. This will be my last haute couture show. Be there! You can’t miss this,” he said. “However, stay tuned, Gaultier Paris will go on. The haute couture continues. I have a new concept and I will tell you about it later.”