While Joaquin Phoenix is really aiming for that Oscar through his movie Joker, Charlize Theron is playing the game too with Bombshell, the movie where she plays Megyn Kelly. Not only does she look much hotter than Joaquin did in his Joker drag, she also she looks eerily similar to actual Megyn Kelly–like exactly. That shit has Oscar spelled all over it. And to seal the deal ,Charlize is using a new progressive technique to win the award. Instead of going the, “Come on guys, Megyn isn’t that bad!”, route, like Joaquin did with The Joker, she’s decided to tell us how playing an uber-conservative was harder than playing a murderer. Nice choice, Charlize.
Charlize Theron is mother to two black children, so I guess trying to heap on too much praise of Megyn Kelly who is a fan of exclusively White Santa Claus, is probably not an ideal scenario for her. And so to win the Oscar, she is telling all of us (and the Oscar voters) how hard it was. And this is the woman who put on 50 pounds for Tully and homely’d herself up for her movie Monster.
Charlize says that playing Aileen Wuornos in 2003 was easier than playing Megyn, but because more people are familiar with Megyn than with Aileen. She said at a screening of Bomshell on Sunday, via People:
“This was harder… She’s incredibly well known. I’ve never played anybody on that level. I’ve played real people that nobody knows about so there was less pressure when I did those.”
She apparently thought that someone else might actually be better at it:
“Maybe there’s somebody out there who can do this better than you can… But I was just really scared too. I honestly knew her so superficially.”
Charlize has previously said that playing Megyn allowed her to empathize with the woman over her sexual harassment issue, telling Variety in March she had developed “empathy” for her because she:
“I didn’t know how complicated [Megyn’s] situation was. I think for a lot of people, they didn’t understand why she just didn’t speak up. She was in a complicated place, and as a human being, I have empathy for that.”
Empathy! Like Joaquin with The Joker. Listen, I’m sure the Oscar voters can look past the clownish antics of a potentially unstable person who’s words and actions lead to chaos in the real world and still award an Oscar; so both Joaquin and Charlize are in the clear!