Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is currently making the late-night TV rounds to promote Feud: Bette and Joan, in which Sarandon and Jessica Lange play out the famous rivalry between Bette Davis (Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Lange). While Sarandon may be better known these days for her unwavering support of Bernie Sanders, and later for Jill Stein, or for her Twitter war with ardent Hillary Clinton supporter Debra Messing, she's set to make a big return to acting in Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated series that focuses on the period when Davis and Crawford shot the gothic camp masterpiece Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
In an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Sarandon soft-pedaled the rivalry between the Hollywood divas and spoke of the importance of women supporting other women, suggesting they're stronger together.
"You know, they want to keep women apart because together we're just so powerful," Sarandon told Fallon about the media's involvement in the Davis/Crawford feud and in pushing the narrative that they were bitter enemies.
To be sure, Davis and Crawford were rivals, reportedly going tit for tat over accolades and awards and becoming jealous over some of the men in each other's lives, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.But Sarandon downplayed the rivalry, first hesitating and then telling Fallon, "There were a lot of people that pitted them against each other for a lot of reasons."
Sarandon raised solid points with Fallon about the difficulty many older women have finding work in Hollywood, which was purportedly one of the reasons the pair signed on for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1962 (Davis and Crawford were both in their mid-fifties at the time). But despite her good points, Sarandon's clarion call to women to support each other fell flat considering her continual evisceration of Hillary Clinton throughout the election and after.
During the primaries, progressive Sarandon repeatedly went after Clinton, suggesting that she would be worse than for the country than Donald Trump.
"I believe in a way she is more dangerous (than Trump)," Sarandon said in an interview with The Young Turks. "She did not learn from Iraq, and she is an interventionist, and she has done horrible things ... and very callously. I don't know if she is overcompensating or what her trip is. I think we'll be in Iran in two seconds."
Whether Sarandon was right about any of her aforementioned concerns will never be known, however, the odds that Clinton would have implemented an immigration ban, rescinded guidelines to protect trans kids, and signed an executive order making it more difficult for women to seek reproductive care (as Trump has done) during her first three weeks in office are fairly low.
During her interview with Fallon, Sarandon related part of the backstory of the 1962 Oscars, explaining that when Crawford didn't get what she wanted -- an Oscar nomination when Davis got one -- she dragged Davis's name all over Hollywood and possibly helped sink her chances for an Oscar.
At the Democratic National Convention last July when Bernie Sanders stepped up and endorsed Clinton for president, Sarandon was one of many Sanders purists who actively refused to vote for Clinton. She even went as far as to lay the blame for whatever might happen under a Trump presidency at Clinton's feet.
\u201cSo now it's up to her. Don't blame him if she loses. https://t.co/vKZwReC4ij\u201d