OH MY GOD this blows the Chad Kroeger/Avril Lavigne split out of the water in HILARITY!
So Emma Thompson was protesting outside of the Shell headquarters in London yesterday to protest Shell’s new lease for Arctic drilling. She was using props to “deface” part of the Shell building with some cute polar bear footprints. At the same time, Emma also has a lengthy new interview with Vulture come out around the same time – go here to read. She chats about feminism, aging, Hollywood and HAS SOME STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT SPIDER MAN. Here’s a snippet:
The glut of superhero movies: “I loved the original Superman with Chris Reeve, because there was a real tongue-in-cheek-ness to it. After a while, you do get a tiny bit cynical about it. The fact that I know they’re going to win out in the end has now slightly interfered with my continuing to go to those movies. If I see yet another Spider-Man, I’m going to have to actually hang myself. I can’t do it anymore! They’re all marvelous, but how many times can you make this franchise, for crying out loud?… I’m up for Wonder Woman, totally.”
Feminism: “I’ve been a card-carrying, radical feminist since I was 19. Most women who I would want to listen to wouldn’t have any problem at all with the word feminist. It’s bizarre. Any woman who says they’re not a feminist is basically saying that they don’t believe in equal rights for women. Any woman who says, ‘I hate my bum, I hate my body,’ is essentially expressing a kind of misogyny. All women who come up with that need to think very carefully about what it is they’re saying. Including me!”
The on-screen romantic age differences: “The age thing is insane. It was ever thus. I remember saying years and years ago, when I was 35, that they’d have to exhume somebody to play my leading man … Nothing’s changed in that regard. If anything, it’s got worse….I remember somebody saying to me that I was too old for Hugh Grant, who’s like a year younger than me, in Sense and Sensibility. I said, ‘Do you want to go take a flying leap?’”
Donald Trump is a disaster: “Let’s face it, the Republicans have chosen Donald Trump to run — can you take anything they say seriously, on any level? I suppose you can, in the sense that many of them have power, and that’s something you guys are really going to have to address, because it’s a disaster. I think it’s terrifying.”
OH my god I love Emma Thompson soooooo much. I know she’d hate this, but I think SHE should be the next SPIDER MAN! AHHHHH! (mind blown?)