It turned out that the “Feud” between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) did not end in the 1963 Oscars.
The latest episode of the drama show jumped forward to 1964 wherein Crawford was touring to promote her new film, “Strait-Jacket.” Meanwhile, Davis took on some TV series roles.
Their worlds collided again when Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) wrote the script for “Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte.” He was tapped to direct with Darryl F. Zanuck as a producer, which made Jack L. Warner (Stanley Tucci) furious because the idea for the script was his in the first place.
With some convincing from Aldrich, Crawford agreed to work with Davis again in return for a top-tier talent fee. Davis, on the other hand, made a deal with Bob to have creative control of the film.
The table-read did not go well when Davis started making demands about the script while Crawford was posing for a photographer brought by Aldrich to document the production set.
Nevertheless, the filming was set to commence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Crawford arrived at the airport alone and received a cold welcome at the hotel. Her suspicions about Davis’ influence over Bob had risen when she called him and heard Davis’ voice in the background.
“During that table read, we don’t know exactly what the specifics were but we do know that Bette was attacking the script from a character point of view and Joan was complaining about the grammar,” showrunner Tim Minear told The Hollywood Reporter.
“This episode is largely told from Joan’s point of view but the show is about Bette and Joan,” Minear added.
However, the upcoming episode will feature Davis’ point of view. The production of “Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte” is commencing, and Crawford is not comfortable with the new producer. As for Davis, she accidentally revealed her vulnerabilities to Aldrich.
“Feud: Bette and Joan” will continue on April 16 at 10 p.m. EDT on FX.