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SARANDON I've always thought of it as a cowboy movie with women instead of guys on horses.But it was pretty shocking that people were so threatened by it. Like somehow we had backed into the territory long held only by white heterosexual men of a certain age.The star of has also urged studios to ignore the “prototype” of the strong female character and put “complex and interesting” women on screen instead.“We might be getting too hung up on the idea of the strong female character,” she added.D., the hustler who steals more than Thelma's heart.

Here, Sarandon, 67, and Davis, 58, candidly reflect on how they felt about a man helming what many saw as the ultimate girl-power movie (written by Oscar winner Callie Khouri), what they really thought of Pitt's performance (and audition, for that matter) and how the film's tragic ending — the two women driving off a cliff into the Grand Canyon — almost didn't happen.

“And he said, ‘I can tell you that you will definitely die. You may push her out of the car at the last minute.’” “But I earned the right to die!

Should the number of female characters in films and television rise at the rate of the past 20 years, reaching parity with their male counterparts onscreen will take 700 years, according to Oscar winning actor and equality campaigner Geena Davis.

GEENA DAVIS I was slipped the script after it had already been cast.

I read it and I told my agent, "Oh my God." Then the [casting] fell apart and it took a year between when I read it until I finally got to meet Ridley, who was only going to produce it at first — there were a few different directors attached. How shocked were you to see that on the final page, the two protagonists drove off a cliff?

What was fabulous in the collaboration was that Ridley put us in this heroic kind of setting that made the film more iconic. STORY ' Love Story' Reunion: Ryan O' Neal, Ali Mac Graw Say Movie's Most Famous Line Is a ' Crock' The shoot was no doubt very physically demanding. SARANDON I think that love scene you had with Brad [Pitt] was really hard. When I saw the movie and I saw him in the scene in the police station, that's when I knew that he really was something special. He was personally spraying the Evian on Brad's stomach for the shots where you see his abs and I'm like, "Hello! DAVIS What's struck me is that there were two fantastic equal parts for women.