"The mentality was: stick with what works.""The studios wanted to keep her a lovable victim," says Nancy Meyers, "or keep her in a painted on her belly.
She must stay there and listen to his telephone answering service.
"He called me later and asked, ' What are you doing these days?
' I said, ' Funny you should ask' and offered him the picture.
They felt it was unnecessary and would turn a lot of people off."The story she is recounting is, er, not the sort of thing we are accustomed to hearing from blond, blushing Goldie Hawn, but then, it's become increasingly obvious that we knew precious little about the lady to begin with."Sexuality," she continues, "is, of course, the worst thing you can show in a picture. I objected to that, and I guess I was afraid of the scene anyway, in that I didn't want the audience to squirm during it.")"We fought for that scene and won," says Goldie, "but then, in the final cutting, they wanted to edit it before her head even went out of the frame!
You can cut off a woman's breast in some bloody, violent film, but you can't film a man making love to it."I wanted the scene in there because I wanted to demonstrate something about Judy's character – that basically she was someone who didn't have much self-esteem. A bunch of us said, ' This isn't going to work.
The subject is Private Benjamin, the surprise comedy hit that ratified her status as Hollywood's top film comedienne – one of the best, according to some critics, since actress Carole Lombard. I'm embarrassed.' What she valued most was having a man take care of her.