Rupert Everett’s latest movie is Hysteria, the story of Mortimer Granville creator of the world’s first vibrator.
This morning, Everett appeared on ITV’s This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to discuss the movie. Here is what he had to say on the movie.
HW: While it ring’s bells in my head I never realized what Hysteria was, I thought when you see period drama’s saying she’s hysterical she has this, but I had no idea the cure for hysteria was orgasm, something that back in Victorian England wasn’t that much discussed or know.
RE: Well I don’t think the female orgasm was even thought about in those days.
PS: Well it’s extraordinary to think of it really, back in the 1800’s it wasn’t invented, the female orgasm had not been invented yet?
RE: Well lots of straight men don’t seem to think it exists still don’t they?
PS: So this was an umbrella term wasn’t it? Hysteria was the umbrella term?
RE: For allsorts of female conditions, seen from the perspective of me, really very insulting. From anxiety, and bad mood it was all put down to Hysteria.
HW: And then they would go to the doctor?
RE: And have a kind of hand job… Whoops sorry (acknowledging the early hour) er… a massage.
PS: You say that the doctors were so busy with their massage?
RE: In our film the doctor that Hugh plays (Hugh Dancy) he get’s tennis elbow in his hand, from all the massaging, which is where I come in, because I’m inventing a new feather duster, electric feather duster which has a kind of rubber nub with feathers sticking out of it. One night I’m doing some inventing, and the whole thing blows up and I’m left with the rubber nub, and he comes in (Hugh) with his tennis elbow, and I start massaging his arm with the rubber nub, and we suddenly think “My God” if this only worked for the Hysteria. So then we, find a couple of loose women, and plug them into my machine, and it’s generator, and it works.
PS: You say there is a serious point here , that in that time, the 1800’s that this was the beginning of the change (for women) in society?
RE: The film, the story is tied to the beginning of suffrage, and women taking charge, taking the reigns away from men, so it’s a very interesting story.
Hysteria is in Cinemas on the 21st of September, and reviewed here tomorrow.