Geena Davis: She Shut Down Jack Nicholson’s Sexual Progress Using Advice From Dustin Hoffman

Geena Davis moved away from Jack Nicholson’s fame after the “Tootsie” fame.

Davis, who worked as a model before taking a small part in “Tootsie” opposite Dustin Hoffman, revealed to The New Yorker that Nicholson proposed to her after a dinner with the directors. As a fledgling actress, Davis channeled the advice her co-star Hoffman told her about being closely involved with the cast.

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Say, ‘Well, you are very attractive. I’d like to do it, but it would destroy the sexual tension between us,” Davis remembered Hoffman telling her about how to navigate the co-star’s lust. “And she’d kept that advice away.”

The “Thelma & Louise” star continued, “After Tootsie, a modeling agent and two other model actors took me to Hollywood to meet the directors. He happened to know Jack Nicholson, and every night Jack Nicholson had dinner with us. Then one day there was a note under the door that said, “Please call Jack Nicholson at this number.” I was, like, can’t believe it! And I said, Hello, Mister Nicholson. This is Jenna the model. Did you call me? He said: Hi Jenna. When will that happen? “

Davis said, “I was, like, ‘Oh, no—why didn’t I realize that was what it would be like?’ But it quickly crossed my mind what to say: ‘Ah, Jack, I’d like it.’ You’re very attractive. But I have a feeling we’ll be working together at some point in the future, and I’d hate to spoil the sexual tension between us. It was, like, ‘Oh, man, where did you get it?’ who – which? ‘So it worked out.’

Davis also described a toxic workplace experience with co-star Bill Murray in the 1999 film “Quick Change” in her memoir, Death of Literature. Davis alleged that Murray had inappropriately tried to use a massager on her; There are multiple allegations against Murray over recent productions, including the suspension of Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut “Being Deadly” following sexual assault allegations against Murray.

Hoffman was later charged with exposing himself to a minor and assaulting two women. The decades-old allegations surfaced in 2017. Murray defended Hoffman’s actions, calling him a “crazy” flirt but a “really good guy.”

Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute for Sex in the media, has shared that the curse of turning 40 as a woman in Hollywood affected her career in terms of onscreen sex.

“When I started, I heard that after 40 you stop getting roles. But I was getting these giant roles, and I thought, OK, that’s obviously not going to happen to me. It was amazing to realize that,” Davis said. “It was so amazing and heartbreaking. It felt like a forced retirement.”

She added that despite the “Stuart Little” films, the work “just dried up” and was an “incredibly painful” double standard in the industry.

“I have a theory as to why this happens. I think a lot of male screenwriters put in a female character if they need to — a girlfriend or a daughter or something — and then, when they cast all the other roles in their mind, the transition is always male. And so the The really cool parts for people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, whatever, always go to the guys,” the alum said. “It’s not fair, because they collaborate and have younger stars. I always say, “Check and find out who could be a female, or who could be a person of color, and change the first name.” I once said to my agent, “Can we figure out what Liam Neeson turns down and go for those parts?”

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