Maggie Gyllenhaal Doesn’t Like It When She’s Asked About James Franco’s Continued Employment On “The Deuce”

June 25, 2019 / Posted by:

It’s unfair that Maggie Gyllenhaal the actress keeps getting asked about the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against James Franco, her co-star on the The Deuce (twice over, he plays twins). According to Vulture, she says it annoys her and that she doesn’t have anything to do with it. It’s absurd that women keep having to answer for men’s misdeeds for the simple fact of proximity. However, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to ask Maggie Gyllenhaal the producer about the decision to keep James on the show which has been renewed by HBO for a third and final season. When asked about that, Maggie the producer put in the position of having to use the word “nuance” a whole bunch of times.

When asked if she was annoyed by getting questions about James, she answered in the affirmative.

Yeah, that annoys me. I have been asked to answer for him and I have nothing to do with it. But I feel like it’s important to continue making the show. I feel like a political wife or something. I don’t like that.

Maybe Maggie the actress should pull an actual The Good Wife and refuse to shoot scenes with James so they have to use the split screen technology that was perfected in seminal 1988 film Big Business. But as a producer, she’s more than just a “political wife“; she’s also a campaign manager, speech writer and PR machine. When asked about James’ alleged misconduct as it pertains to her role as producer, Maggie was less direct.

Yes, I was a part of that conversation. It was a lot of really intelligent people who were able to think in a nuanced way, who were talking with the actors and the crew. My conversation with an actress on the show is going to be very different than David Simon’s conversation with an actress on the show, but I do think we all tried to use the most nuanced part of our minds to think this through.

I feel, and I continue to feel, that this is a show about all of these things. To cancel a show about sexual politics, sexual power, the commodification of sex in the film business would be really confused. And nobody was willing to continue to make it without him.

It’s unclear if she counts herself as one of those people who weren’t willing to include an off-screen fratricide where James’ characters both die in a mano-a-mano, mustache grabbing, wig snatching, fight to the death. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, James has the title of executive producer on The Deuce where Maggie’s title is simply producer. So it seems there really is no escaping the political aspects of the decision to forge ahead with James in two starring roles, sexual or otherwise. Maybe if James the producer would come out from under whichever rock he’s been hiding under, we can ask him about it.


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