To illustrate that best, let's take a look at four of the movies that treat the subject with lightness, with winking worldly knowingness — exactly the approach that allowed entertainment culture to turn a blind eye to the true horror of the situation. The irony being that Lucas was a painfully shy indie director from Northern California who couldn't be further from the power-hungry Hollywood norm; he'd blanch at the very idea of a casting couch. The more this became a cliche of entertainment, the more it blunted the edges of a harsh reality for untold numbers of women. Theater producer Max Bialystock Zero Mostel wines, dines and fulfills the off-screen whims of elderly ladies — all so they'll fund his next production. Time to throw this old couch to the curb. Yes, this was an actual movie. Couches had been removed from the offices of all but "the top three execs.
Willow. Age: 22.
Time to throw this old couch to the curb.
Esmeralda. Age: 30.
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After an audition with the producer, she emerges with the sable fur she coveted earlier and a world-weary look, "like I just swam the English Channel. Hollywood trade paper Variety first employed it 80 years ago this year, according to Slate , to mock a Chicago Tribune report on a local radio station's new rule that only female producers could interview female talent. This was, in real life, an often abusive location. The brother of the legendary Joan Crawford alleged that she had been cajoled into making what was then known as a "stag movie" — a comedic porn flick — literally called "Casting Couch.