Famed director Peter Bogdanovich slammed Cher, stating that she "can't act" and "she doesn't like men," in an interview with Vulture this week. The 79-year-old made the comments when asked about his experience working with Cher in the 1985 biopic "Mask."
"She didn’t trust anybody, particularly men," Bogdanovich said. "That’s why she’s named Cher: She dropped her father’s name."
He further noted that Cher could not act and only won the Best Actress at Cannes because he "shot her very well." Elaborating further, Bogdanovich noted that Cher "can’t sustain a scene" and would "start off in the right direction, but she’d go off wrong somehow, very quickly."
The director said he had no choice but to shoot a lot of close-ups of Cher because this was her strong point.
"Her eyes have the sadness of the world. You get to know her, you find out it’s self-pity, but still, it translates well in movies," he said.
Commenting on his working relationship with Cher, Bogdanovich said the Oscar winning actress did not like him but that was simply because he did not like her.
"She was always looking like someone was cheating her," he told Vulture. "I came to the set one day; I said,, 'You depress me, you’re always so down and acting like somebody’s stealing from you or something.'"
This is not the first time Cher has been questioned about her attitude towards men. In 2016, a video clip of an interview she had done with Jane Pauley in 1996 resurfaced and subsequently went viral. It was Cher's offhand comment that "a man is not a necessity, a man is a luxury," that caused a stir, the HuffPost reported.
During the interview, Pauley asked Cher whether the remark was meant to sound mean and bitter. Cher’s response?
"Oh not at all... I think men are the coolest! But you don’t really need them to live.”
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