Geena Davis halted Nicholson’s advances with help from Dustin Hoffman

“‘I have a feeling that we’re going to work together at some point in the future, and I would hate to have ruined the sexual tension between us,'” Davis told Nicholson.

Geena Davis shunned Jack Nicholson fame after “Tootsie.”

Davis, who worked as a model before being cast in a small role in “Tootsie” opposite Dustin Hoffman, revealed to The New Yorker that Nicholson proposed to her after having dinner with casting directors. As a newly minted actress, Davis channeled the advice her co-star Hoffman told her about becoming intimately involved with actors.

“Say, ‘Well, you’re very attractive. I’d love to, but that would ruin the sexual tension between us,'” Davis Hoffman recalled telling her how to handle the desire for a co-star. side board.”

The ‘Thelma & Louise’ star continued, “After ‘Tootsie,’ my modeling agent took me and a few other slash-model actors out to Hollywood to meet the casting directors. He happened to know Jack Nicholson. , and every night Jack Nicholson would have dinner with us. Then one day there was a note under the door that said, ‘Please call Jack Nicholson at this number.’ I can’t believe it! So I said, ‘Hello, Mr. Nicholson. Geena’s the model. Did you call me?’ He said, ‘Hi, Geena. When is this going to happen?

Davis said: “I was, like, Oh, no – why didn’t I realize that was what this was about? But it immediately occurred to me what to say: ‘Uh, Jack, I’d love to. You’re very attractive. But I have a feeling that we will work together at some point in the future, and I would hate to have ruined the sexual tension between us. He was, like, ‘Oh, man, where did you get that?’ So it worked. »

Davis also detailed a toxic work experience with co-star Bill Murray on the 1999 film “Quick Change” in his memoir, “Dying of Politeness.” Davis claimed Murray attempted to inappropriately use a massage device on her; there are several allegations against Murray over recent productions, including the shelving of Aziz Ansari’s debut film “Being Mortal” after allegations of sexual assault against Murray.

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

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

“When I started, I used to hear that after 40 years you stop getting roles. But I was getting these giant roles, and I was like, Well, obviously that’s not okay with me. happen. And so it was stunning to realize that it did,” Davis said. “It was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. It was like a forced retirement.

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

“I have a theory as to why this is happening. I think a lot of male screenwriters bring in a female character if they need to – a girlfriend or a daughter or whatever – and then when they play all the other roles in their minds, the choice is always masculine. And so the really cool parts for people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 60s, whatever, always go to men,” the “A League of Their Own” alum said. “It’s not fair, because they become soldiers and have younger and younger co-stars. I always say, ‘Review and figure out who might be a woman, or who might be a person of color , and change the first name.” I said to my agent at one point, ‘Can we find out what Liam Neeson is turning down and go for those roles?’