Viola Davis (pictured) said it was Liam Neeson, the

Viola Davis (pictured) said it was Liam Neeson, the "joy of middle-aged women," in their first film together.

Viola Davis said it was Liam Neeson's "middle-aged female joy" bedding in their first movie together.

The two actors play husband and wife Harry and Veronica Rawlins in director Steve McQueen's thriller Widows.

The film is based on Lynda La Plante's ITV drama of the eighties, about four women who play everything and take charge of a daring heist for their recently deceased husbands.

"It was ecstatic, revealing in many ways," the Academy Award-winning star told me about his time on the screen with Neeson, when we met at Claridge's in Mayfair on Wednesday.

Moment, too, so that "a 53-year-old woman with dark skin and natural hair" is in bed with "the slice of the Caucasus", especially given the circumstances.

He is not my slave owner. I'm not a prostitute, so he's not my John. And it is not meant to make a political statement. It's just meant to be, "said the actress who starred in The Help, Fences and the television series How To Get Away With Murder as attorney Annalize Keating.

It's a fabulous role, with Veronica Davis taking turns steely and vulnerable, while she and her fellow gang members Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo prepare for the robbery.

She points out that although the part was not written specifically for a black woman, "it is written in a way that is much more human and much more fulfilled" than many generic female roles.

It is also rare for four women to control a dramatic film ("it's not a comedy and you're not in a slumber party").

I figured his Veronica Rawlins would win a fight with Donald Trump.

Davis laughed, but disagreed with that statement and said that Annalize Keating would be the woman most likely to "slap Trump in the face."

She said Widows women, that writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl and Sharp Objects) and McQueen have moved to Chicago, have to go through a period of "anxiety and chaos" before there is a change in their lives.

She said it's the same in real life. Women can only recover their property by breaking social norms & # 39; and being misnamed & # 39;.

One thing that could help, he said, "is to know what my value is beyond my age, my race and my convenience for men." One of his hobbies, he said, is the way some people equate good looks with good values.

Davis and Liam Neeson (pictured) play husband and wife Harry and Veronica Rawlins in director Steve McQueen's exciting film, Widows

Davis and Liam Neeson (pictured) play husband and wife Harry and Veronica Rawlins in director Steve McQueen's exciting film, Widows

Davis and Liam Neeson (pictured) play husband and wife Harry and Veronica Rawlins in director Steve McQueen's exciting film, Widows

– You know, there's that line. . . "She had a lot going for her, because she was so beautiful." And you just want to say: & # 39; Did she have anything else in her favor? Apart from the fact that she is beautiful? & # 39;

He warned that no matter how much women try to protect themselves, there are still barriers.

"It's amazing how you can tell the truth, and no one believes you," he said, referring to the sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"I certainly believed it," Davis said before noting that he is also on the side of the millions of women and girls "who are victims of abuse and trafficking and raped by pimps and gangs."

& # 39; Women have been devalued and sexually assaulted since the beginning of time. The problems related to #MeToo and Time & # 39; s Up did not just happen & # 39 ;.

And as much as it's about making predators book, he said he should also make sure that women get help dealing with the traumatic effects of sexual assault.

He took us back to the widows, and how four women rediscover their value. "I am very proud of the experience I had in making this movie," Viola told me.

The next step for Davis will be a film about Shirley Chisholm (slogan: Unbossed And Unbought), the first African-American woman elected to Congress, and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

After which he could succumb to the powers of persuasion of producer Scott Rudin, and return to Broadway, to play Hedda Gabler.

A powerful list of producers, including Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title (Love Actually), David Heyman of Heyday Films (Harry Potter) and Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon (the 007 franchise) have released the London Screen Academy: a school for young people from 16 to 19 years old in London to develop behind-the-scene film skills. Students can apply at lsa.ac.uk/apply.

Happy and Glorias: Oscar winners join to play feminist pioneer

Feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem will be represented by Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander in a film that will explore the five decades of the activist's life, and will include the time when she was disguised as a Playboy bunny.

The film, which will be directed by Julie Taymor, will be based on Steinem's 2015 tome, My Life On The Road, although the film's working title is "The Glories."

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem will be represented by Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander in a film that will explore five decades of the activist's life.

The Glories will begin in the sixties, when Steinem was a journalist, and will continue the various chapters of his life, during which she always left room for other voices.

The director is exploring, with Steinem, if she should appear in the film. And if he does, could he participate in one of his famous circles, where he gets people to tell their stories?

These are the first days of preproduction, so no firm decisions have been made about whether Steinem will complete its own circle.

The Glories will begin in the sixties, when Steinem (photographed in 1965) was a journalist.

The Glories will begin in the sixties, when Steinem (photographed in 1965) was a journalist.

The Glories will begin in the sixties, when Steinem (photographed in 1965) was a journalist.

Meanwhile, Taymor has been visiting places in Savannah, Georgia, to see if women from local universities want to participate in the project.

The filmmaker has obtained the services of Sandy Powell, Oscar-winning British costume designer three times, who will be represented in this awards season for his work on Mary Poppins Returns (starring Emily Blunt) and the brilliant gem of Film4 The Favorite ( with performances awarded by Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz).

The latter will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival next Thursday.

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