While playing legendary actress Bette Davis on Feud, Susan Sarandon thought a lot about how Bette was pitted against Joan Crawford by the media and the Hollywood system, and also how they also brought some of it on themselves.
"They slept with a lot of the same guys and they were competitive in that realm as well," she told the Variety podcast "Remote Controlled."
She thought that Bette and Joan could have been in a better place with their friendship, if they had been given the chance. “I choose to believe that maybe they could have worked it out if everybody hadn’t benefited so much,” she says. “They were like the early Real Housewives of wherever. They needed them to be fighting. They really fueled the flames of that to get more drama going. It’s a shame because now in the business women are allies of each other and they produce things for each other, and they stand by each other and they support each other. I think the days are gone where women had to align themselves with men because they had the power.”
Picture it now: The Real Housewives of Hollywood, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. What would their taglines be?
Meanwhile, the Feud continues; the series has just been picked up by BBC to start airing in the UK.