The ‘Thelma & Louise’ actress, whose first film role was ‘Tootsie,’ revealed that the ‘Graduate’ actor advised her not to sleep with her co-stars.
Geena Davis revealed this week how, as a young model and actress, she politely declined Jack Nicholson’s sexual advances by following Dustin Hoffman’s instructions.
Davis, 66, co-starred with Hoffman, 85, in “Tootsie,” her debut film role, in 1982, and cautioned her not to sleep with her co-stars. He advised her on what to say if she was ever approached by a leading male.
“‘Well, you’re extremely attractive,’ she says. I would want to, but it would break our sexual tension.’ “In an interview published on Thursday, Davis informed the New Yorker magazine about Hoffman’s advice.
“And I saved that advice,” she went on. “After ‘Tootsie,’ my modeling agent took me and a number of other actor-slash-models to meet casting directors in Hollywood.” Davis was residing in New York and working as a model.
She claimed that her agent knew Nicholson, 85 and that the “Shining” star opted to have dinner with the models every night they were in town.
“Then there was a letter under the door one day that said, ‘Please call Jack Nicholson at this number.’ ‘I can’t believe it!’ I said.”
The actress, who was in her twenties at the time, stated that she called “Hello, Mr. Nicholson,” she said to the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” actor, who is 19 years her older. Geena is the model’s name. ‘Did you call me?’ ‘Hey, Geena,’ he said. ‘When is it going to happen?'”
She stated that the proposal caught her off guard. “Oh, no — why hadn’t I realised this was what it was going to be about? But I knew exactly what I was going to say: ‘Uh, Jack, I would love to.’ You’re really appealing. But I have a feeling we’ll be working together at some point in the future, and I’d hate to spoil our sexual tension.'”
He allegedly replied, “‘Man, where did you get that?’ So it was successful.”
The anecdote is one of many in her forthcoming memoir “Dying of Politeness.”