Hollywood and “regular America” continue to march in opposite directions.
As if the seemingly-daily revelations of sexual misdeeds by powerful men in Tinseltown isn’t doing enough to drive a wedge between the entertainment elite and the folks on whom that same elite rely to buy tickets to their films, there is also the matter of just what message many actors endeavor to send by the role choices they make.
Take A-list actress Sandra Bullock. According to an article over at Variety, Bullock has agreed to star in Let Her Speak, a film that will pay homage to former Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who famously filibustered – for eleven hours – a bill that sought to restrict abortion in the Lone Star state.
Variety certainly seems “all in” on the prospect of Bullock playing Davis, saying that “the role seems right up Bullock’s alley and could be another awards play for the star who won her first Oscar for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in the real-life story ‘The Blind Side.’ She just wrapped production on Warner Bros.’ ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ spinoff, ‘Ocean’s Eight,’ and is about start filming on the Netflix movie ‘Bird Box.’”
Davis wore pink sneakers and a urinary catheter when she embarked on her filibuster effort back in 2013, and became known as “Abortion Barbie” following her feat. The bill she found so objectionable, and which was eventually passed anyway by a special legislative session, banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, required abortion doctors to maintain admitting privileges at a local hospital, and mandated that abortion clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large