Salon found this in “Entertainment Weekly’s” report on what groundbreaking feminism the filmmakers behind Salt employed when they gave the lead role written for Tom Cruise to Angelina Jolie:
“In the original script, there was a huge sequence where Edwin Salt (the original male protagonist) saves his wife, who’s in danger,” says Noyce. “And what we found in the new script, it seemed to castrate his character a little. So we had to change the nature of that relationship.” In the end, Salt’s husband, played by German actor August Diehl (‘Inglourious Basterds’), was made tough enough that he didn’t need saving, thank you much.
There you go. Getting rescued doesn’t “castrate” a woman because she doesn’t have a penis. Perhaps we should ask firefighters to ascertain the gender of people in a burning building and be careful not to save the men. Better fried than castrated, right?
Does the audience really think this way? Would young men who paid money to watch Angelina Jolie kick ass squirm uncomfortably in their seats because she rescues her husband? And let’s be honest: the husband is a Love Interest. Therefore, no one gives a righteous rat’s ass what he does or whether he has any character. His role is to Be Pretty and Put Out for Angelina’s character. Or at least, that’s what his role would be if he were a female love interest.