You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hilary Swank: ‘The Homesman’ Is a Feminist Western

Fans and stars of Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” packed the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre Tuesday for the AFI Fest gala screening of the femme-oriented western.

The film, which follows Hilary Swank’s moralistic homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy as she transports three troubled women across the prairie, highlights the hardship of pioneer women in the American West.

“This movie I would not call completely a Western. I think it is more than that. To me it is more of a feminist movie,” Swank said. “Westerns are usually men seeking vengeance and it is the women who are kind of like a prostitute or keeping house. It is really nice to see not one strong female lead but a handful of them.”

While feminism has come a long way since the 19th century, Swank said the movie will still resonate with viewers.

“This movie is a feminist movie because it really deals with the objectification and trivialization of women. It takes place in the middle of the 1800s and it’s dealing with issues we still deal with today.”

Jones, who also directed, starred, produced and co-wrote the screenplay, said he didn’t set out to make a movie with a feminist agenda.

“I’m a humanist, but my grandmother, mother, wife and daughter are all female, and I like those people. I’m a feminist but that is not all I am,” he said.

The characters in “The Homesman” battle the elements, hunger and native Americans on their slow wagon journey across the plains. If the actors had to make the journey in real life what would they bring?

Swank answered, “My dog.” Jones opted for “a good long range rifle.”

Guests included Grace Gummer, Hailee Steinfeld and Owen Wilson.

More Scene

  • Danielle Brooks'Ain't Too Proud - The

    How 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Became a Broadway Producer

    Danielle Brooks earned a Tony nomination when she made her Broadway debut as Sofia in the 2015 revival of “The Color Purple,” but now the “Orange Is the New Black” star is working behind the scenes as a producer on the new jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” “I [...]

  • Nick Offerman Amy Poehler

    'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talks Possibility of a Revival at 10th Anniversary Reunion

    For one night, Hollywood felt a little like Pawnee. The cast of NBC’s hit comedy “Parks and Recreation” reunited at PaleyFest on Thursday in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary. The whole Pawnee gang showed up: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Retta, and Jim [...]

  • Andy CohenThe Shops and Restaurants at

    Andy Cohen to Receive Vito Russo Award at GLAAD Media Awards

    Mazel, Andy Cohen! Bravo’s late-night talk show host is set to receive the Vito Russo Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 4 in New York City. Sarah Jessica Parker will present him with the award, which is named in honor of GLAAD founder Vito Russo. The annual award goes to openly [...]

  • Variety TV Summit Europe

    Variety TV Summit Europe Coming to London on June 13

    Variety’s TV Summit Europe will coincide with London Tech Week this year, returning to the city on June 13. The international conference will be held at the Royal Lancaster and is co-produced by global events company Informa’s KNect365 division, the world’s largest business-to-business organizer. The one-day summit will focus on the intersection of content and [...]

  • David Furnish, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron

    'Rocketman': Paramount Previews Footage of Elton John Biopic

    “Rocketman” is ready for lift off. Paramount Pictures threw a cocktail party Monday night to preview 15 minutes of the upcoming Elton John biopic, set for release on May 31, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the legendary rock club where John made his U.S. debut nearly 50 years ago. The footage featured pieces of [...]

  • The CalArts REDCAT Gala 2019 Honoring

    Pixar's Pete Docter Honored at CalArts REDCAT Gala

    Pixar’s Pete Docter reminisced about his days as a student at CalArts on Saturday night at the 2019 CalArts REDCAT Gala, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. For the wide-eyed boy from Minnesota, where life was more routine, attending CalArts “was a free-for-all. It was eye-opening in a lot of ways,” he recalled. “But [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content