Glenn Close Had a Horrifying Close Call with the Casting Couch

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Round up every actress in Hollywood, and you may find that most of them have a story about being put through the sexist audition ringer. Alison Brie was once asked to take her top off in an audition for no reason. Emmy Rossum was told she got the part, but first had to strut into the director’s office in a bikini. Now Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close has shared her own story about the horrors of the casting couch, recalling the time she went into an audition to meet with another actor—and there was a bed in the room.

Close, who is promoting her upcoming film The Wife, shared the disturbing anecdote with the Guardian. She began by remembering when an actor on one project inappropriately touched her thigh: “I did feel there was a collusion between him and the director,” she said.

Then Close told another story, one that goes even further.

“I was asked to come in and read with an actor who was huge at the time, and I walked in and there was a bed,” she said. “I had the pages with me, but he didn’t know any of his lines and didn’t have them with him. So it was horrible. I realized afterwards that it was like putting a dog in with a bitch to see if he wanted to jump on her. If I had just forgotten the lines and worked at seducing him then I probably would have gotten the part.”

It’s a disturbing remembrance, one that sounds all too similar to countless stories actresses have told throughout the years—overt tales of breathtaking sexism, as well as smaller injustices like fighting for a role that’s essentially a support prop for the male lead, or getting paid half as much as their male colleagues. Last year, Emma Stone spoke candidly about the bias that persists on movie sets, where actresses who want to contribute to the film’s narrative are made to feel small and awkward. “There are times in the past, making a movie, when I’ve been told that I’m hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea,” Stone says. “I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke and then given it to my male co-star. Given my joke away.

“Or it’s been me saying, ‘I really don’t think this line is gonna work,’ and being told, ‘Just say it, just say it, if it doesn’t work we’ll cut it out’—and they didn’t cut it out, and it really didn’t work!”

At this point in her career, you would think people would listen to Stone when she has a suggestion—but being a woman in Hollywood often means fighting to be heard, a fact that is multiplied for actresses of color. While steps have been taken to help combat the lopsided, male-dominated industry—like Ryan Murphy’s Half initiative and Disney’s commitment to hiring more female directors—it will take a lot of work to ensure that the up-and-coming actresses of the future don’t come close to have Glenn Close-esque stories of their own.

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Ocean’s Eleven

Sometimes it’s O.K. to favor a remake over an original. Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 redux is a nice touch-up on the 1960 Rat Pack heist film, with a glittering cast to match. George Clooney leads a street-smart gang (which includes Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and more) through a clever high-wire heist of a highly protected Las Vegas casino.

Photo: From Warner Bros/Everett Collection.

*Dog Day Afternoon*

Dog Day Afternoon

The 1975 Sidney Lumet drama starring Al Pacino and John Cazale was based on a true story, and though the heist was relatively small in the scheme of things, what it represented was something much bigger. The simple bank robbery quickly turns into a tense hostage situation that raises questions about love, justice, and antiheroes who aren’t as bad as they seem.

Photo: From Everett Collection.

*How to Steal a Million*

How to Steal a Million

Audrey Hepburn shines in this Parisian delight, which tells the story of a woman whose father is addicted to creating and selling faux artworks that he passes off as long lost pieces by Van Gogh and Cellini.

Photo: From 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection.

*Inside Man*

Inside Man

Denzel Washington is an N.Y.P.D. negotiator trying to thwart the “perfect robbery” in this high-stakes Spike Lee-directed joint. Clive Owen plays the eerily even-keeled thief who toys with every authority figure he meets.

Photo: From Universal/Everett Collection.

*Rififi*

Rififi

The 1955 French drama is still a standard-bearer of the heist genre, a critically acclaimed film noir about a reformed jewel heist aficionado who decides to do one more job.

Photo: From Everett Collection.

*The Sting*

The Sting

Speaking of caper classics, The Sting has been a hit since it first came out in theaters in 1973. The period piece about a couple of devilishly handsome con artists (played by Robert Redford and Paul Newman) was a major success, picking up seven Oscars, including one for best picture.

Photo: From Everett Collection.

*Reservoir Dogs*

Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino’s bloody feature-length debut is a perfect assemblage of talent, with a tight plot revolving around a diamond heist gone horribly wrong. Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tarantino himself, and more make up the slick-talking mobster cast that can’t catch a break.

Photo: From Miramax/Everett Collection.

<em>Ocean’s Eleven</em>

Ocean’s Eleven

Sometimes it’s O.K. to favor a remake over an original. Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 redux is a nice touch-up on the 1960 Rat Pack heist film, with a glittering cast to match. George Clooney leads a street-smart gang (which includes Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and more) through a clever high-wire heist of a highly protected Las Vegas casino.

From Warner Bros/Everett Collection.

<em>Dog Day Afternoon</em>

Dog Day Afternoon

The 1975 Sidney Lumet drama starring Al Pacino and John Cazale was based on a true story, and though the heist was relatively small in the scheme of things, what it represented was something much bigger. The simple bank robbery quickly turns into a tense hostage situation that raises questions about love, justice, and antiheroes who aren’t as bad as they seem.

From Everett Collection.

<em>How to Steal a Million</em>

How to Steal a Million

Audrey Hepburn shines in this Parisian delight, which tells the story of a woman whose father is addicted to creating and selling faux artworks that he passes off as long lost pieces by Van Gogh and Cellini.

From 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection.

<em>Inside Man</em>

Inside Man

Denzel Washington is an N.Y.P.D. negotiator trying to thwart the “perfect robbery” in this high-stakes Spike Lee-directed joint. Clive Owen plays the eerily even-keeled thief who toys with every authority figure he meets.

From Universal/Everett Collection.

<em>The Italian Job</em>

The Italian Job

Say it with me: “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” In 1969’s The Italian Job, a young Michael Caine plays Charlie Croker, a thief who starts planning a heist to the tune of $4 million. Come for the Cockney slang, stay for the vintage Mini Coopers.

From Everett Collection.

<em>Set It Off</em>

Set It Off

The 1996 drama directed by F. Gary Gray is about a quartet of down-and-out best friends who start robbing banks. Some do it for personal glory, some for vengeance, and some to ultimately better their lives. The perfect cast includes Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise.

From New Line Cinema/Everett Collection.

<em>The Usual Suspects</em>

The Usual Suspects

Take five criminals in police custody, add a juicy heist, some clever dialogue, and one of the most memorable plot twists in modern cinema, and you get The Usual Suspects, the 1995 thriller with a bang-up cast that includes a nimble Kevin Spacey and Benicio Del Toro.

From Gramercy Pictures/Everett Collection.

<em>Heat</em>

Heat

Michael Mann’s crime drama is legendary for two reasons: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Do yourself a favor and watch it just to see the two legends parry on-screen together for the first time.

From Warner Bros/Everett Collection.

<em>The Fast and the Furious</em>

The Fast and the Furious

It’s the 2001 film that started a street-racing empire. The original Fast and Furious, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and more introduced us to the glorious underworld gang of drag racers who live on the edge and love boosting electronics from trucks.

From Universal/Everett Collection.

<em>Bottle Rocket</em>

Bottle Rocket

Wes Anderson’s directorial debut (and Owen and Luke Wilson’s acting debut) revolves around a trio of bumbling wannabe thieves following an absurdist 75-year plan to complete a series of successful heists. If that’s not enticing enough, let Martin Scorsese convince you—the legendary director thought it was one of the best films of the 90s.

From Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection.

<em>Snatch</em>

Snatch

Step into this super British, Guy Ritchie-crafted world about the search for a precious diamond gone missing. Bonus points for a fast-talking Brad Pitt playing a ruffian boxer and earnestly doing his best impression of an Irish accent.

From Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection.

<em>A Fish Called Wanda</em>

A Fish Called Wanda

The comedy revolves around the most classic theft of all: the jewelry heist. Two Americans and two Brits join forces to successfully steal a load of diamonds, before inner turmoil brings it all down.

From MGM/Everett Collection.

<em>Point Break</em>

Point Break

This movie has it all: bank-robber presidents, criminal surfers, and a lucid Gary Busey. Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze star in this Kathryn Bigelow-directed film about an F.B.I. agent hot on the trail of absurdly successful bank robbers dubbed the “Ex-Presidents,” thanks to the masks they wear during thieving hours.

From 20th Century/REX/Shutterstock.

<em>Rififi</em>

Rififi

The 1955 French drama is still a standard-bearer of the heist genre, a critically acclaimed film noir about a reformed jewel heist aficionado who decides to do one more job.

From Everett Collection.

<em>The Sting</em>

The Sting

Speaking of caper classics, The Sting has been a hit since it first came out in theaters in 1973. The period piece about a couple of devilishly handsome con artists (played by Robert Redford and Paul Newman) was a major success, picking up seven Oscars, including one for best picture.

From Everett Collection.

<em>Reservoir Dogs</em>

Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino’s bloody feature-length debut is a perfect assemblage of talent, with a tight plot revolving around a diamond heist gone horribly wrong. Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tarantino himself, and more make up the slick-talking mobster cast that can’t catch a break.

From Miramax/Everett Collection.



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