Fielding said it was the first time she had seen the 2001 Renée Zellweger film “in years and years,” and was surprised by its content, saying, “You can’t write this now. ”
“I took my children to see a screening of the film. I hadn’t seen it in years and years, and I was amazed, “she said on Desert Island Discs
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“The level of sexism Bridget faced, hand on ass in so many scenes. Richard Finch [Bridget’s boss, saying]… “Let’s have a picture of the breasts”. ”
Fielding continued, “In the end, she turned around and stuck it on them. But it was only an integral part of his life, and it was quite shocking for me to see how things have changed since then. “
Fielding co-wrote the blockbuster film with Richard Curtis and Andrew Davies. It was adapted from his 1996 novel of the same name.
She recognized that these scenes should now be written in a different way.
Fielding also addressed long-standing rumors that the character Mark Darcy – played in Colin Firth’s films – was inspired by Labor leader Keir Starmer.
“It’s incredible the number of people who claim to be Daniel [Hugh Grant’s character] or Mark, including Keir Starmer, “she said, apparently denying the link.
Fielding attended the same university as the former director of public prosecutions, who was successful as a top lawyer at the same time Fielding became a journalist for newspapers, including The independent, in the early 1990s.
Desert Island Discs is available to stream on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.