The Stepford Wives : What Did JoAnna See In Walter?

What Did JoAnna See In Walter?

I just rewatched this movie and she is a gorgeous woman (who can wear tight jeans and crop tops after having two children), a talented photographer, and actually rather unconventional and fun to be around -- and Walter is not very good looking, blithers, and pretty much dull as dirt! And, of course, he's a liar and fake!

The chemist she had a one time fling with wasn't bad but I suppose the timing was off -- but he's still at least 80% more interesting than Walter!

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So true! Like in the beginning he seems nice and progressive so maybe those were aspects she was looking for? Also maybe casting is wrong.. Never read the book so this is all speculation but maybe she wasn't suppose to be so pretty.
But a women who looks like her doesn't just need to fall for someone 'nice', maybe when they met he had more hair?!

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maybe when they met he had more hair?!

Or good prospects?
"It's the system, Lara. People will be different after the Revolution."

Re: What Did JoAnna See In Walter?

Probably when they first got married, Walter was a fun dude, then like a lot of men, he got wrapped up in his job, started balding and just got really boring. Joanna was ripe for a steamy affair, till her husband had her beheaded.

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This is something I've been saying about Hollywood casting for years--Now days most roles are given to people who are good looking. Everyone has to be a Brad Pitt or an Angelina Jolie to get the good parts in films, but it wasn't so most of the time back in the old days. I mean, how many leading roles would Wally Cox get today?

Many of the male roles were filled by men who were older. Look back at shows like Bewitched and you see that most of the actors who played Darren's office contemporaries were white-haired men.

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'Now days most roles are given to people who are good looking.' 'I mean, how many leading roles would Wally Cox get today?'
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It's the reverse, you have to go back further. More average actors are able to enter the profession than in the old days. Wally Cox was a comic character actor, not a romantic leading man. Cox didn't get leading roles in films. Hollywood was very much about hiring the most pretty actors and putting them under contract; that will always be the case with romantic leads. The 1970's is when we saw CHANGE. I, personally, find Katherine Ross's looks overrated. (and also Pitt's/Jolie's)

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I wasn't speaking specifically about romantic leads, but I do get that this thread is about discussing how Joanna could possibly be attracted to her husband's looks given the actor who played him.

"Hollywood was very much about hiring the most pretty actors and putting them under contract;"

Maybe so, but not always. I personally find Humphrey Bogart's looks overrated, as well as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, to name a few.

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Maybe so, but not always. I personally find Humphrey Bogart's looks overrated, as well as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, to name a few.

That means that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Many of today's leads are not beautiful in my opinion; which inc. the ones given opportunity via nepotism.



but I do get that this thread is about discussing how Joanna could possibly be attracted to her husband's looks given the actor who played him.


Maybe Joanne was hooked on his gargantuan penis, who knows. What does James Brolin "possibly" see in Barbra Streisand? When this topic is brought up with the roles reversed, it's always said because they "love" each other. Why do you all care that much, because it's nit-picky new-age stuff?

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Its true Walter isn't the most handsome man around. But there are hints about who he was once before he became a Men's Association pod person.

He is stable, worked hard for a good job, initially encouraged Joanna to be a photographer, he seemed to have a great sense of humor. It isn't always about looks. Plus we have to take into account that Joanna probably started dating Walter right after her affair with the Chemist flamed out. Walter was probably very understanding and supportive of her in her heartbreak.

What happened was somewhere along the line, Walter lost interest in Joanna not the other way around. In the film Joanna even mentions something to the effect that he doesn't talk to her and/or ignores her opinions.

I think coming in the direction of Walter being a good guy but eventually turning into a Men's Association drone is more horrible than thinking he was always a turd.

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She tells Bobbie that she thought Walter was going to be the next Perry Mason whereas the chemist was more of a writer back when she knew.

I always thought the scene implies that she married the practical person over the dreamer (the chemist was a writer when she knew him.) As she says to the chemist after he tells her he is unhappy too and that they blew it:

"It's hard to be smart."


I think that is a pretty great line.

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i wrote my post before seeing this post which is the same subject.

he was just miscast period in such a big part. he's too ugly for her and too dull for this big a role. he could've been one of the other husbands but the main husband? nah. someone like a younger Patrick O'Neal type (not like I wanted him to be anyone else) would have sufficed.

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