Oscar winner and five-time Oscar nominee Susan Sarandon is sticking to her guns: TV. Following her star turn as Bette Davis on on FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the staunch Bernie Sanders supporter and actor is slated to appear on season 5 of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” as Samantha Winslow, the head of a motion picture studio.
While “Feud” focuses on two screen LEGENDS attempting to manumit themselves from the velvet handcuffs of the Hollywood patriarchy — if you haven’t seen “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” you should — “Ray Donovan” stars a glum Liev Schreiber as the testosterone-addled, South Boston transplant cum paterfamilias who is now magically L.A.’s only professional fixer. (This is a thing, by the way.) In “Feud,” Sarandon plays Bette Davis, an actor whom Jack Warner pitted against aging superstar Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) for beaucoup bucks and tabloid fodder. Both Lange and Sarandon have a lot to say about the aging process in Hollywood and how unkind to women over 40 that male-driven behemoth is.
Tell that to Mickey Donovan, Ray's dad. Played by Jon Voight, Mickey — possibly the best character on the show besides Abby Donovan, Ray’s wife played by Paula Malcomson of “Deadwood” fame — is without a doubt the most sexist man to ever love women. What’s more, Voight is a vocal Donald Trump supporter who has occasionally hopped on Fox News to declare his views on Trump — that he, like Ray, is the “answer to our problems.” Hmm.
Forget the fact that rabid Clintonistas have basically blamed Sarandon for EVERYTHING bad that has happened on Earth including cancer and that Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald revealed her “narcissistic purity” on Twitter like the Great and Powerful Schnoz. After 45 won, Sarandon redoubled her efforts, basically telling MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that Trump got people #WOKE. Viva la revolución. Viva la feud.