Much has been said about the lack of opportunities in Hollywood for female directors – with just two of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2014 led by women — but a new study suggests a previously unexamined link that may help perpetuate this problem.
Male movie stars continue to be one of the most influential segments of the Hollywood landscape, but a surprising number of leading men have spent little or no time working with female directors, according to research by Cosmopolitan.com.
The site’s editors rounded up the resumes of Hollywood’s 100 highest-grossing men and simply counted how many times they’d starred in films directed by women. “We only counted films that had been released at the time of publication, and included bit parts, bit parts, and animated voices — all but uncredited cameos,” the editors explained.
The results, it turns out, are pretty infuriating. No fewer than 20 of Hollywood’s top male actors have never worked with a female director, and 21 of the actors have only worked with a female director once, and two of them include Will Smith and Hugh Jackman, who only made the cut by doing voice roles in animated films with co-directors — “Shark Tale” and “Happy Feet,” respectively.
Actors who have never worked with a female director:
Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Stiller, Jon Voight, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Redford, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Jonah Hill, Jamie Foxx, Dwayne Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Tobey Maguire, Karl Urban, Vin Diesel, Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Hemsworth.
Actors who have worked only once with a female director:
Christopher Walken, Nicholas Cage, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray, Harrison Ford, Owen Wilson, Brad Pitt, Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Shia LaBeouf, Will Smith, Tim Allen, Tyrese Gibson and Robert Pattinson.
And although Leonardo DiCaprio has worked with female directors three times, he hasn’t worked with one in two decades.