How exactly has it been twenty five years since ‘Thelma and Louise?’ We’re asking that too — especially after seeing this recreation photo where we see that neither Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis have aged at all!
No one had any idea what impact the 1991 movie, Thelma and Louise, would have on the world — especially Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Now, they’re recreating the epic shots from the film and talking about how the film actually changed their entire lives — and how pleasantly surprised they are by the powerful young women around today.
“When we did Thelma & Louise, I really didn’t think it would have the kind of resonance it had,” Susan revealed to Harper’s Bazaar. “It wasn’t seen as any feminist statement. I was very concerned that it wouldn’t be seen as a revenge film. The real thing Louise is asking throughout the movie is, ‘Why do guys think this is okay?'”
While things are much different today, Susan does give credit to the actresses of today who are “creating work, being funny and independent,” like Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler. “Then there’s Shailene Woodley and Ellen Page and Brie Larson—they seem to be creating a life,” she added. “Kristen Stewart. Saoirse Ronan. These women are using their careers instead of being used by them.”
Geena added they had no idea what kind of movement the film would ignite. “It was very shocking, the reaction we got. When the movie came out, there was negative stuff like, ‘It’s so man-hating,’ and ‘Oh, God, this is not the solution.’ There was all this talk about how it was so violent—and this was after Lethal Weapon came out,” she said. “We’ve been stuck in this world where Hollywood operates under the assumption that women will watch men, but men won’t watch women.”
And although they are still friends and really do love one another, don’t expect a sequel, Geena said. “People ask me, ‘Is there going to be a sequel?’ And I’m like, ‘What the heck do you think happened to them?!'” As for Susan, well she’s pretty sure that had they lived, Thelma would not be with her husband. “One would only hope she found Brad [Pitt] again,” she said. “Maybe Louise became a lesbian. That would be fabulous. Maybe she continued her trip and ended up running an Airbnb. I certainly could drive better by the end of the movie, so maybe I became a driver of some sort.”
Can you believe it’s been 25 years since Thelma & Louise?