Jessica Chastain has demonstrated the difference between male and female movie roles.
The actor appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night (January 18), where she spoke about roles for women being “so underwritten, especially compared to” the roles developed for men.
Chastain got Fallon to help her act out three movie scenes, with each taking on the role of the opposite gender. In the first, Chastain played a man who bumped into a woman and then went on to deliver a pretentious monologue about “how small we are in this vast universe”.
Fallon, who only had two lines in the scene, responded at the end: “I barely got to speak.”
In a further two scenes, Chastain’s male character continued to have the most lines, or dismiss Fallon’s female. “Luckily, the industry – it’s changing a lot lately, and we have campaigns like Time Up, and they’re working towards positive change,” Chastain said afterwards. Watch the moment above, via Rolling Stone.
Last year, the Molly’s Game actor hit out at the portrayal of women in film, saying how the female characters in movies she watched at the Cannes film festival were represented was “disturbing”.
“This is is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days and I love movies,” she said at the festival’s closing press conference. “And the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that were represented. It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest – with some exceptions.”