Geena Davis Says She Rejected Jack Nicholson’s Sexual Advance With Dustin Hoffman Advice – Vanity Fair

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Geena Davis’s first film was an education in more ways than one. While shooting 1982’s Tootsie, star Dustin Hoffman would give her advice between takes, she recently told The New Yorker. He encouraged her to “read a lot of books” and even offered a response Davis could use to ward off sexual advances from future costars.

“Well, you’re very attractive. I would love to, but it would ruin the sexual tension between us,” Hoffman, who has since been accused of sexual misconduct that he has denied, advised her to say, she told The New Yorker.

Davis told The New Yorker that she “saved that advice away” and used it not long after—on Jack Nicholson. “After Tootsie, my modeling agent took me and a couple of other actor-slash-models to Hollywood to meet casting directors. He happened to know Jack Nicholson, and every single night Jack Nicholson had dinner with us,” she told the outlet. “Then one day there was a note under the door that said, ‘Please call Jack Nicholson at this number.’ I was like, I can’t believe it! So I said, ‘Hello, Mr. Nicholson. This is Geena the model. You called me?’ He said, ‘Hey, Geena. When is it gonna happen?’”

Davis continued: “I was like, Oh, no—why didn’t I realize this is what it was going to be about? But it immediately came into my head what to say: ‘Uh, Jack, I would love to. You’re very attractive. But I have a feeling we’re going to work together at some point in the future, and I would hate to have ruined the sexual tension between us.’ He was like, ‘Oh, man, where’d you get that?’ So it worked.”

In her recently released memoir, Dying of Politeness, Davis also recounted the alleged harassment and verbal abuse she faced from costar Bill Murray on the set of 1990’s Quick Change. She wrote that the actor tested if she would be “compliant” by requesting that she lie on a bed and try a massage device called “the Thumper.” Wrote Davis, “I said no multiple times, but he wouldn’t relent.” During filming, Murray allegedly also screamed at Davis on set. (Vanity Fair previously reached out to Murray’s lawyer for comment.)

Tying these loose ends of misconduct all together, Murray (who also costarred in Tootsie) actually defended Hoffman against sexual-misconduct accusations back in 2018. “Dustin Hoffman is a great man,” he said during an appearance at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. “He’s crazy, a borscht belt flirt, has been his whole life. [But] he’s a really sweet man.”

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