Overall, it appears that leading men are generally less likely to work with female directors in their peak salary years. Mark Wahlberg hasn’t acted in a film with a woman director since Penny Marshall gave him his first film role in 1994’s Renaissance Man. Nicolas Cage hasn’t acted in a film directed by a woman since Martha Coolidge gave him his first lead role in 1983’s low-budget Valley Girl. Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, and Bruce Willis have not acted in a film directed by a woman in over two decades.
My favorite part of The Winter Soldier is when Robert Redford shows up and says: “Oh, Captain America is evil now. He’s been evil all along! Hey, I’m shocked too!” And at least half the people in the room are like: “Bro, this is obviously fucking bullshit.”
Some of them bought it, sure. Most of them didn’t.
The way that guy right next to Pierce just looked at him in horror and disgust.
For a superhero movie, it was a rather touching and unusual moment.