There’s never enough written about Pedro Almodóvar. Who knew that his three favorite films are All About Eve, Some Like It Hot, and John Ford’s The Searchers? That he hates every movie with John Wayne and Spencer Tracy? That he likes Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino? So the latest issue of GQ has the director of the high kitsch/low cleavage Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the sweet sadism of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, and the most recent Volver, talking about why gays make sexier movies than heteros, and disses Marty Scorsese in the process.“It’s true that when heterosexual men make movies — I’m not talking about pornos — they pay less attention to the power and sexual beauty of women. The goal should be simple: to create a wonderful woman. Just pay attention to a woman. It doesn’t matter whether you are gay or straight—if you pay attention, you will discover how rich they are. I don’t like when journalists, usually heterosexual, say, “Oh, you understand women better because you are gay.” That’s absolutely ridiculous. I’m gay, but I don’t want to become a woman. I understand women because I’m interested in them. I like them personally. I like them as dramatic subjects. And I have to say, as dramatic subjects, they are richer than men. But male directors today aren’t interested. I don’t want to reproach Martin Scorsese, but Scorsese never portrays women as full characters in his movies—he’ll only use them in secondary roles. In his case, I don’t mind, because he makes wonderful movies with a world of male characters.”
Pedro Talks Clint, Quentin, Marty & Sex
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