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I Turn Off Jack Nicholson's Sexual Advances Using Dustin Hoffman's Advice

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Geena Davis has stayed away from Jack Nicholson’s post “Tootsie” fame.

Davis, who worked as a model before starring in “Tootsie,” opposite Dustin Hoffman, told The New Yorker that she proposed to Nicholson after a dinner with the casting directors. As a newly minted actress, Davis channeled advice from her co-star Hoffman about keeping a close eye on the actors.

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“Say, ‘Well, you’re very attractive. I’d love to, but it would ruin the sexual tension between us’” Davis remembered Hoffman telling him how to manipulate the lust of a lead actor. “And I kept that advice aside.”

The “Thelma & Louise” star continued, “After ‘Tootsie’, my model manager took me and a few actor-slash-models to Hollywood to meet the casting directors. He knew Jack Nicholson and every night Jack Nicholson ate with us. Then one day there was a note under the door that said ‘Please call Jack Nicholson on this number’. I can’t believe it! And I said, ‘Hello, Mr. Nicholson. This model is Geena. Did you call me?’ “Hey, Geena,” he said. When it will be?”

Davis replied, “I, Oh, no – why didn’t I understand what this was going to be about? But I immediately thought of what to say: ‘Oh, Jack, I would love to. You are very attractive. But I have a feeling we’ll be working together at some point in the future, and I’d hate to ruin the sexual tension between us.’ He was like, ‘Oh man, where did you find it? He?’ So it worked.”

Davis also detailed a toxic workplace experience with her co-star Bill Murray in the 1999 film “Quick Change” in her memoir “Dying of Politeness”. Davis claimed that Murray had tried to use a massage device improperly; There have been multiple allegations against Murray in recent productions, including the shelving of Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut “Being Mortal” following allegations of sexual assault against Murray.

Hoffman was later charged with exposing himself to a minor and assaulting two women; decades-old claims came to light in 2017. Murray defended Hoffman’s actions, calling him a “crazy” flirt but a “really nice guy”.

Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, shared that the curse of turning 40 as a woman in Hollywood has impacted her career in terms of on-screen sexualization.

“When I started, I heard that you stopped acting after 40. But I was getting these giant roles and I thought, Obviously, this isn’t going to happen to me. And so it was very impressive to realize that,” Davis said. “It was absolutely stunning and heartbreaking. It felt like forced retirement.”

He added that despite the “Stuart Little” movies, “things have dried up” and that this is an “incredibly painful” sexist double standard in the industry.

“I have a theory as to why this happens. I think a lot of male screenwriters put on a female character if necessary – a girlfriend or a girl or whatever – and then, when they’re playing every other role they have in mind, the place to go is always male. And so 40 Really cool pieces for people in their ’50s, ’60s, ’70s always go to the boys,” he said. “It’s not fair, because they’re enlisting and have younger co-stars. I always say, ‘Go and Find out who can be a woman and who can be black and change their name.’ At one point I asked my agent, ‘Can we find out what Liam Neeson is refusing and get to that part?’ I said.”

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