Magazine article Variety

They Were like the Early “Real Housewives”

Magazine article Variety

They Were like the Early “Real Housewives”

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Susan Sarandon

The role of Bette Davis was one Susan Sarandon had avoided playing until she was presented with Ryan Murphy's scripts for "Feud." Her performance as the legendary movie star has won raves - though she admits she's hasn't watched it herself.

Congratulations on "Feud."

I haven't seen it. It's always heartbreaking when things are cut or you look at yourself and you think, "Well, I could have done that better or more courageously." So I've decided just to dine out on everybody else saying they're having a good time.

What made you sign on?

When Ryan [Murphy] came to me with this as a film, I just felt that it was a onejoke; they're bitchy and so what? When he revisited it with me as a series years later, he seemed to have a handle on it. I love the fact that you could give it a context that was more interesting [and] ask bigger questions about Hollywood now.

What did you see about what he was going to explore with Bette?

We have much more in common than I thought in terms of our being outside of the Hollywood community and not being really comfortable with the idea of being a movie star. I felt that he was going to expose a lot of things that we really didn't know about her. At the basis of the feud was this pain. I also thought it was really interesting that, just in my career, which now has been 50 years, I've seen a change in women's attitude - kind of the generation before me, because most of the power structure was male-dominated. …

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