Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, the stars of ‘Thelma & Louise,’ reflect upon the landmark movie on its 25th anniversary in an interview, photo spread and video in ‘Harper’s Bazaar.’ Yes, the movie brought us an iconic selfie in the days before we called them “selfies” and so much more, as both stars reflect.
For those who have never seen the movie, which was released in theaters originally in 1991, that indelible image of the two characters — Geena Davis’ Thema and Susan Sarandon’s Louise — taking a photo of themselves with a Polaroid camera — yes, this in the days before the iPhone — is one of those enduring images in cinema. But that was just the very least of it. The road movie, as we can describe it, was much discussed and debated.
After all it wasn’t every day that two women took to the road as outlaws. Now, 25 years later ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ reunites the stars, who speak about the movie and yes, of course, hit the road again as video and photos below document.
The now 64-year-old Susan Sarandon said of the movie, “I really didn’t think it would have the kind of resonance it had … It wasn’t seen as any feminist statement. I was very concerned that it wouldn’t be seen as a revenge film. The real thing Louise is asking throughout the movie is, ‘Why do guys think this is okay?’
For her part, the now 60-year-old Geena Davis said, “The most liberating thing about filming ‘Thelma & Louise’ was hanging around with Susan. She changed my life, the movie changed my life. She always gets embarrassed the way I talk about her.” Sarandon echoed the affection, saying, “”Geena? She’s the best. She is so smart and so funny.”
While it seemed groundbreaking in 1991, and the movie drew as much praise as it did controversy, there was also an expectation, that this was a watershed moment in filmmaking. Geena Davis spoke out on that notion saying, “”One very common theme in the press was, ‘This changes everything. Now there are going to be so many female buddy pictures, so many female action figures. This just completely rewrites everything,’ and it didn’t. The really short answer is, it didn’t do s—.”
In addressing the larger issues of gender and equality in Hollywood, Davis expressed hopefulness, saying, “What gives me hope now are the young girls—Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence—in Hollywood. I love all of them. I love everything they’re doing; I love how outspoken they are.”
Continuing, she added, “And I love how the topic is getting brought up so much. It didn’t used to be this way, even just a few years ago. I don’t think anybody would’ve said there weren’t enough parts for women because it would have sounded like you were complaining.”
Susan Sarandon spoke about the characters, saying, “The movie is a love story of women. It’s very romantic. When the film came out, there were men, strangely enough, who wrote me letters that said, “Thelma & Louise got me to leave my small town.” Because don’t dream it, be it.”
She went on to say, “Today I think there is a crop of young women who are interested in having fun and having lives but are not necessarily trying to please all the time—even though they are scrutinized constantly. The Melissa McCarthys, the Amy Poehlers, all of those gals who are creating work, being funny and independent. You don’t always have to be about liberation.”
Yes, 25 years have come and gone and many of the same issues are in the news, then as now. It’s a fascinating interview with the two stars, and you can see it in its entirety here and below you can check out the photos of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reprising ‘Thelma & Louise’ 25 years later!
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