Arguably the biggest show of all time, HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” is officially over, which initially saddened fans even as the controversial, almost eventless, last season played out.
It was a show filled with complicated character stories where enemies become friends and friends become enemies, shocking moments, eye-popping visual effects, a whole lot of graphic nudity and sex – amongst both male and female characters.
And “Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer once admitted something shocking about men being objectified in Hollywood.
There’s a trend in Hollywood where the industry is overcompensating due to the fact that females and minorities have been under represented in film and television. That’s why you’re seeing a lot more female superheroes like Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and over the weekend the same studio also announced Natalie Portman would become “female Thor” in the next installment of that particular franchise.
It also pertains to African Americans, Latin Americans and even Asian heritage like for instance “Crazy Rich Asians,” which was designed to be a huge romantic comedy designed for American audiences.
But what about Caucasian men? Yes, they have dominated Hollywood for a long time and now it seems like everyone’s had enough of the “toxic masculinity” that many will argue is a real thing.
Well Natalie Dormer begs to differ that men are exempt from perceived societal objectification.
The 33-year-old actress said, “My personal experience has been to work phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women.”
And she’s right about that.
How many times have you seen men with their shirts off with an 8-pack of abs and chiseled from head to toe? And the producers want the actors with their shirts off despite it being an unrealistic example of how men look.
A great example of this is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine over two decades and for instance the way Brad Pitt looked in “Fight Club.” Their bodies are just way over the top. There are thousands of recent examples but one in particular made a bigger deal out of it, which was in “Stranger Things 3.”
All of the older female Moms sit poolside and ogle at “ripped hunk” and much younger, Billy Hargrove, (Dacre Montgomery) every single day. Does this same thing happen with genders reversed? Of course it does.
Do you know what you have to do to achieve that kind of body?
Brad Pitt had to literally starve down and dehydrate himself for almost 48 hours to get that physique you see on camera. Jake Gyllenhaal once said that he had to work out for eight hours a day before he started shooting the movie “Southpaw.”
And yet somehow people actually believe that men should be held to higher athletic standards than women, but it’s Hollywood that perpetuates this nonsense.
Dormer also added, “We’re not just talking about being slim here. We’re talking about character actors with big eyes getting typecast in the ‘friend’ role. It’s not just about bed-ability: it’s about your physicality more generally. I believe that perseverance will out, that if you’re good and you work hard, everyone will notice.”
We do have bigger sized people who do fantastic in the industry but let’s all stop pretending that women are more objectified than men, because they literally showed a close-up of Captain America’s butt in “Avengers: Endgame” just recently.