Kate Hudson has gotten wind of the upcoming “Private Benjamin” remake (set to star Rebel Wilson in the role originated by Kate’s mom, Goldie Hawn), and the actress is not on board with the idea.
“[My mom] not only created [that role], she produced it. I think it’s best not to touch those things, personally,” Kate told Access Hollywood at the junket for her new film, “Wish I Was Here.” “I also think that, you know, it’s not gonna be the same.”
The actress explained why the role was groundbreaking for Goldie and for women in the entertainment industry.
“What I loved about that film was what it stood for women in film, because ‘Private Benjamin’ was two women, Nancy Meyers and my mom, writing,” she explained. “My mom didn’t write it, Nancy and Chuck [Shyer] did, but [they were] writing a script, producing, which never was done in Hollywood — a female movie star producing her own work. She spearheaded that, other than Katherine Hepburn back in the day, but she spearheaded it. It took a lot of work and effort and frankly, it sort of created a lot of distance between her and where she was normally — sort of the cute, you know, Goldie.”
Becoming more than just “cute Goldie” created its share of challenges for the blond beauty, as Kate said her mom faced resistance in Hollywood once she decided to take more of an active role off-screen.
“She went in there and she was like, ‘I’m gonna produce movies for myself’ and she got a reputation for being sometimes a bit more difficult because, how I see it is because she was a female going in there and saying, ‘OK, well I’m gonna take control now,’ and there was a lot of people who had a difficult time with that,” she said. “So that movie to me represents a lot more than just [a movie].”
That said, Kate would rather the 1980 film not be remade.
“I have to say that, you know, it is what it is, but I just think that one particularly is probably best left [as is],” she said.
-- Erin O’Sullivan