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'Miss Sloane' stars Jessica Chastain and Gugu Mbatha-Raw on women, politics and the gun debate

'Miss Sloane' stars Jessica Chastain and Gugu Mbatha-Raw on women, politics and the gun debate

All too often, society dictates that a woman’s strength must come from an entity outside herself, be it her man, children or faith. Men, on the other hand, can be emotionally strapping just by the mere fact of their existence. Women, while always having to be prepared for whatever may come, must also not be too prepared, lest they be called try-hards or stiff. For men, just showing up is all too often enough.

These assumptions, about both women and men, are challenged in the film “Miss Sloane,” in theaters Thanksgiving weekend. Its stars, Jessica Chastain and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, consider the picture a cinematic opportunity for Hollywood to alter the...

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