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Chris Cuomo Debunks Mike Pence’s Claim Of ‘Whole Of Government Approach’ To Coronavirus

Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, has said on multiple occasions that a “whole of government approach” is being used to tackle the public health crisis.

Cuomo explained why that simply isn’t true.

“That would mean HHS handing down national guidelines for both diagnostic and antibody testing,” said the news anchor. “It would mean a strategy for how to monitor hot spots and defining national reporting standards.”

“While we’re at it, it would mean the VA secretary showing up to answer how the hell he’s taking care of the people that we promised to do the best by,” Cuomo continued. “A labor secretary insisting on protections for workers, who have to be in dangerous places like meat processing plants. The HUD secretary defending fair housing rules at a time that so many are hurting.”

“In other words, it means do your damn job,” Cuomo concluded. “I know he doesn’t like the reality. What is your reality? Why are you there? And if you’re not going to help people, get the hell out and let somebody else do it. There are plenty who want to do the right thing in this country.”

Check out Cuomo’s full monologue here:

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Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump’s ‘Inflammatory, Racist’ Diversions From COVID-19

Anderson Cooper did not mince words Monday as he rattled off Donald Trump’s most recent racist outbursts and called out the president’s inflammatory rhetoric as an attempt to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus around the country.

“If divisive, inflammatory racist words could kill the coronavirus, then the president of the United States would be headed to Stockholm right now to pick up his Nobel prize in medicine,” the CNN host said.

“He’s trying to persuade the country that the virus is simply vanishing, or if that won’t work, he’s trying to divert people’s attention elsewhere to smearing a Black NASCAR driver, supporting the Confederate flag and statues of traitors,” he added.

Earlier, Trump launched a baseless attack on Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black driver, over an incident last month when a noose was found by a crew member in his garage. An FBI investigation determined Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime; the rope had been there since last year.

However, despite there being no evidence that the incident was anything more than a misunderstanding, Trump accused Wallace of participating in a “hoax” and demanded he apologize to NASCAR drivers and officials. Trump also criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag.

At a packed Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, Trump blasted protesters who have torn down and defaced Confederate statues, claiming “this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution.”

On Monday, Trump also criticized two sports teams that were reviewing names that have long been deemed offensive to Native Americans.

All the while, record-setting spikes in coronavirus cases were recorded around the country. At least 40 states are now battling rising infections and public health experts warn of more deaths as hospitalization numbers surge again.

“Instead of working around the clock on this, visiting hospitals, rallying the troops, rallying the public to wear masks, fight complacency, care for elderly and the sick, this president is simply declaring victory, declaring COVID 99% harmless. Instead of talking about the virus and doing things about it, he’s spending his time trying to distract now with racist and jingoistic talk,” Cooper said. “He’s just leaning full into the racist he’s long been. He’s just letting us see it more clearly now than ever before.”

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Trump Has No Election Strategy, Just ‘White Grievance,’ Says New York Times Reporter

President Donald Trump is flailing this campaign because he has no strategy — only a “white grievance” message that is dramatically out of step with America today, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman said Monday.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Haberman if “stoking racial division” has “now become part of the president’s re-election strategy?”

Haberman responded: “I want to reject two things that you just said … One is ‘now become,’ and the other is ‘strategy.’ This isn’t a strategy. This is what the president prefers doing and what he wants to talk about — and what he has consistently talked about for several years, in fact, several decades.”

But Trump’s message stands out now because it’s “so out of step with where the rest of the country is in this movement,” Haberman added. She called anti-racism protests that have swept the nation “one of the biggest civil rights movements in decades … against systemic racism in policing [and] in other areas of American life.”

Trump is instead “choosing to talk about the Confederate flag, he is choosing to demand an apology from the one Black NASCAR driver,” she added.

On Monday, Trump called on NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to apologize for what the president falsely described as a “hoax” involving a noose in Wallace’s racetrack garage. The FBI determined last month that the rope had been hanging on the garage door since last year to pull down the door — before Wallace was using the stall — and was not a racist message, but also never said the noose was planted as part of a hoax.

Trump has recently called the message “Black Lives Matter” a “symbol of hate” and anti-racism protesters “angry mobs.”

“He is playing into white grievance politics that did get him elected in 2016 … he thinks this will help him again. This is a very different election,” Haberman said.

Hear Haberman’s comments in the video up top.

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Report: Longtime Melania Trump Insider To Release ‘Explosive’ Tell-All Book

A longtime confidante to Melania Trump who helped to plan the inauguration of President Donald Trump is reportedly set to release a book with “explosive” revelations based on her 15-year relationship with the first lady.

The Daily Beast said Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s Melania and Me, scheduled for Sept. 1, is “largely negative” and “heavily trashes the first lady.”

A blurb describing the book cited by Vanity Fairy says it will detail the friendship between the two through the years as well as her “abrupt and very public departure” from the White House. 

The Daily Beast notes that Wolkoff signed a nondisclosure agreement, which could lead to legal action over the book. 

Wolkoff worked as an unpaid senior advisor to the first lady for the first year of the presidency. 

However, the White House cut ties to Wolkoff in early 2018 after revelations that her company was paid nearly $26 million by the inauguration committee to plan events related to the ceremony. 

Wolkoff herself received $1.62 million, The New York Times reported in 2018. Committee officials told the newspaper that money to her and her firm was used to pay other vendors, subcontractors and workers. 

Despite the dismissal, Wolkoff told the Times in 2018 that she expected “to remain a trusted source for advice and support on an informal basis.” 

By last year, she seemed to have changed her tune. 

“Was I fired? No,” Wolkoff said in the statement to the Times. “Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes.”

Her book would be the latest a long line of works by former Trump insiders who are now critical of the president. Last month, former national security advisor John Bolton released his White House tell-all. And next week, Mary Trump ― the president’s niece ― will be out with her own account of “the world’s most dangerous man.” 

It will also be the second major release of the summer to focus on the first lady. 

Last month’s The Art of Her Deal, by Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan, claimed that the first lady renegotiated her prenuptial agreement with the president in the early months of the presidency, when she did not immediately move to the White House. 

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As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Fauci Says U.S. Is Still ‘Knee-Deep’ In First Wave

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., said Monday that the country is in a “serious situation” that needs immediate attention as the coronavirus surges in certain parts of the country.

During a live interview streamed on Facebook, Fauci noted that the U.S. is “still knee-deep in the first wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would say this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline … that really never got down to where we wanted to go,” Fauci told National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

“If you look at the graphs from Europe — Europe, the European Union as an entity, it went up, and then came down to baseline,” he added.

“We went up, never came down to baseline, and now we’re surging back up. So it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”  

States have been scrambling to pull back on plans to reopen businesses and let people gather in public after COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rose again.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called for bars to close and restaurants to halt indoor dining in 19 counties across the state in response to the increase in cases.

Governors in Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Nevada and some other states have also delayed plans to lift coronavirus-related restrictions.

Fauci expressed his concerns just days after he told the American Medical Association that the recent surge in cases highlighted a “very disturbing week” for the U.S.

“We’re setting records, practically every day, of new cases in the numbers that are reported,” Fauci said in a livestream with the AMA. “That clearly is not the right direction.” 

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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Tested Again For Coronavirus

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he had undergone another test for the novel coronavirus, after local media reported he had symptoms associated with the COVID-19 respiratory disease, including a fever.

Bolsonaro told supporters outside the presidential palace that he had just visited the hospital and been tested for the virus, adding that an exam had shown his lungs “clean.”

CNN Brasil and newspaper Estado de S.Paulo reported that he had symptoms of the disease, such as a fever. The president’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the impact of the virus, even as Brazil has suffered one of the world’s worst outbreaks, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and 65,000 related deaths, according to official data on Monday.

The right-wing populist has often defied local guidelines to wear a mask in public, even after a judge ordered him to do so in late June.

Over the weekend, Bolsonaro attended multiple events and was in close contact with the U.S. ambassador to Brazil during July 4 celebrations. The U.S. embassy in Brasilia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bolsonaro previously tested negative for the coronavirus after several aides were diagnosed following a visit to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida, estate in March.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca and Gram Slattery; Additional reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello and Ricardo Brito in Brasilia; Editing by Brad Haynes

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Hospitals Approaching Capacity As Miami Closes Restaurants

MIAMI (AP) — Hospitals rapidly approached capacity across the Sunbelt, and the Miami area closed restaurants and gyms again because of the surging coronavirus Monday, as the U.S. emerged from a Fourth of July weekend of picnics, pool parties and beach outings that health officials fear could fuel the rapidly worsening outbreak.

The seesaw effect — restrictions lifted, then reimposed — has been seen around the country in recent weeks and is expected again after a holiday that saw crowds of people celebrating, many without masks.

“We were concerned before the weekend and remain concerned post-holiday, as anecdotal stories and observed behavior indicate that many continue to disregard important protective guidance,” said Heather Woolwine, a spokeswoman for the Medical University of South Carolina.

Confirmed cases are on the rise in 41 out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus is increasing in 39 states.

Florida, which recorded an all-time high of 11,400 new cases Saturday and has seen its positive test rate lately reach more than 18%, has been hit especially hard, along with other Sunbelt states such as Arizona, California and Texas.

In Miami-Dade County, population 2.7 million, Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered the closing of restaurants and certain other indoor places, including vacation rentals, seven weeks after they were allowed to reopen. Beaches will reopen on Tuesday after being closed over the weekend.

“But if we see crowding and people not following the public health rules, I will be forced to close the beaches again,” the mayor warned.

Hospitalizations across the state have been ticking upward, with nearly 1,700 patients admitted in the past seven days compared with 1,200 the previous week. Five hospitals in the St. Petersburg area were out of intensive care unit beds, officials said. Miami’s Baptist Hospital had only four of its 88 ICU beds available.

“If we continue to increase at the pace we have been, we won’t have enough ventilators, enough rooms,” said Dr. David De La Zerda, ICU medical director and pulmonologist at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Officials in Texas also reported hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed. Hospitalizations statewide surged past 8,000 for the first time over the weekend, a more than fourfold increase in the past month. Houston officials said intensive care units there have exceeded capacity.

Along the border with Mexico, two severely ill patients were flown hundreds of miles north to Dallas and San Antonio because hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley were full.

In Arizona, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 topped 3,200, a new high, and hospitals statewide were at 89% capacity. Confirmed cases surpassed 100,000, and more than half of those infected, or over 62,000, are under 44 years old, state health officials said.

Health officials in South Carolina reported over 1,500 new cases Monday. If the numbers keep rising at their current rates, hospitals will probably have to adopt an emergency plan to add 3,000 more beds in places such as hotels and gyms, authorities said.

Alabama has been averaging about 1,000 new cases a day, two or three times what it was seeing in late April, when its stay-at-home order was lifted.

“We set a record for highs over the holiday weekend, and, of course, given the number of people who were out and about over the weekend celebrating, we are certainly concerned about what the next couple of weeks are going to look like as well,” said Scott Harris, Alabama’s health officer.

In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice reversed course and ordered the wearing of face masks indoors, joining other state leaders around the country.

“I’m telling you, West Virginia, if we don’t do that and do this now, we’re going to be in a world of hurt,” he said, adding: “It’s not much of an inconvenience.”

The coronavirus is blamed for over a half-million deaths worldwide, including more than 130,000 in the U.S., according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed infections nationwide stood at 2.9 million, though the real number is believed to be 10 times higher.

New cases per day nationwide have hit record levels of well over 50,000.

Average deaths per day have fallen over the past two weeks from around 600 to about 510, in what experts say reflects advances in treatment and prevention as well as the large share of cases among young adults, who are more likely than older ones to survive COVID-19.

But deaths are considered a lagging indicator — that is, it takes time for people to get sick and die. And experts are worried the downward trend in deaths could reverse itself.

Meanwhile, three of the top U.S. medical organizations issued an open letter urging Americans to wear masks, social distance and wash hands often to help stop “the worst public health crisis in generations.”

The American Medical Association, American Nurses Association and American Hospital Association issued the plea in the absence of a mask-wearing order from Washington and said steps taken early on that helped slow the spread of COVID-19 “were too quickly abandoned.”

The White House again rejected calls for a nationwide order to wear face coverings, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows saying on Fox News that it is a matter for governors and mayors to decide.

In New York, once the most lethal hot spot in the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was concerned about reports of large gatherings over the holiday weekend in New York City, on Fire Island and other places.

“I understand people are fatigued,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for 128 days. I get it. But it doesn’t change the facts, and we have to stay smart.”

Gomez Licon reported from Miami. Pane reported from Boise, Idaho.

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Oil And Gas Pipelines Look Like Increasingly Risky Bets

On Sunday, two major utilities canceled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile conduit to carry fracked gas from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina, despite a favorable Supreme Court ruling just weeks earlier.

On Monday, a federal court ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down by Aug. 5 after finding that the controversial oil conduit, which has spilled dozens of times since construction ended in 2017, fell short of safety requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.

The dual defeats, less than 24 hours apart, come at a moment when weak demand for oil, swelling debt and mounting concerns over climate change are forcing gas companies out of business and oil giants to dramatically downgrade the value of their assets. 

But analysts say the decisions also signal that the legal tides are turning against fossil fuel infrastructure. Environmentalists are mounting increasingly sophisticated challenges, and clean energy is eroding the dominance the oil and gas industry once held over the electricity, heating and transportation markets.

Pipeline projects that once seemed inevitable, particularly with the Trump administration’s unequivocal support, now look like increasingly risky bets as the president slumps in the polls and surveys show growing demand for aggressive federal action on climate change. 

“The chickens are coming home to roost,” said Suzanne Mattei, an energy policy analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a think tank. The companies behind both pipelines, she added, “ended up investing a lot of time and effort into something and didn’t listen to the warning signs.” 

Over the past three years, all signs coming from the federal government pointed to go for pipeline projects. President Donald Trump signed executive orders to hasten construction on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL, a long-proposed oil pipeline from Canada, during his first week in the White House. Since then, the Trump administration eased rules on methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure, nixed regulations forcing federal agencies to consider climate change projections when permitting projects, and proposed severely limiting NEPA reviews. 

Those efforts accelerated in recent months. As the United States became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in March, the administration halted environmental enforcement. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule change limiting states’ power to oversee permits for federally approved pipelines under the Clean Water Act.   

The new restriction came on the heels of New York State’s decision in mid-May to reject the Williams Pipeline, a proposed gas pipeline that would have carried fracked gas from Pennsylvania to homes in parts of New York City and Long Island. 

Pipes for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline in Gascoyne, North Dakota, on Jan. 25, 2017. 

That permit denial, Mattei said, illustrated the power shift underway in the industry. Climate activists dogged state regulators, warning that building new gas infrastructure either guaranteed its usage past the point scientists say is safe or risked saddling New Yorkers with imprudent energy costs. Regulators consequently carried out extensive analysis that determined the pipeline was not necessary to meet regional demand. Instead, renewables and energy efficiency work could make up the difference, regulators found, citing New York’s sweeping decarbonization law enacted last summer. 

“Anytime you’re doing an environmental impact statement, you’re weighing the potential adverse impact against the potential benefit of the project, and people have gotten much better at identifying what the potential adverse impacts can be,” Mattei said. “The public input has become much more sophisticated over the past decade, and the purported benefit is just so much more open to question now.”

The Dakota Access pipeline spilled five times during its first six months in operation alone. In his decision on Monday, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg found that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to properly account for the risk such spills posed to vital drinking water reservoirs. 

In the case of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, utilities Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Corporation said delays and the anticipated challenges to the project, which was first proposed in 2014, upended construction plans even after the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 last month that the pipeline could pass under the Appalachian Trail. 

“This announcement reflects the increasing legal uncertainty that overhangs large-scale energy and industrial infrastructure development in the United States,” Dominion CEO Thomas Farrel and Duke CEO Lynn Good said in a joint statement.

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette blamed “the well-funded, obstructionist environmental lobby” for killing the project. But David Livingston, a senior energy analyst at the Eurasia Group, said the urgent need to reduce climate-changing emissions has united once-disparate groups in opposition to projects that run afoul of scientists’ calls to start dramatically scaling back fossil fuel burning. 

“The fact that climate change is not just a 2020 phenomenon, and that it’s going to be a persistent and material factor for energy firms, changes their calculation when they look out and weigh the risks [and] benefits of this sort of project,” Livingston said. 

Two-thirds of Americans said the government isn’t doing enough on climate change in a Pew Research Center survey released last month. The latest Monmouth University Poll, meanwhile, shows presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has vowed to make climate change a serious priority, ahead of Trump in November’s election in all voter age categories. “The shift in electoral winds in favor of Joe Biden also plays a role,” Livingston said.

President Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order to advance construction of the Dakota Access pipeline at the White H

President Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order to advance construction of the Dakota Access pipeline at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017.

That may not slow all pipeline projects. The Mountain Valley Pipeline, a proposed conduit set to carry gas from the fracking fields of West Virginia to gas utilities in Virginia, is largely completed and expected to charge ahead, despite delays and challenges from environmentalists. 

The consortium of companies behind the PennEast Pipeline, a project proposed to pump gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, started proposing alternative routes in January to begin construction despite the Garden State’s denial of permits. (The Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case challenging New Jersey’s rejection in the coming weeks.)

In Texas, meanwhile, construction crews are plowing ahead on the Permian Highway Pipeline despite the state’s ballooning COVID-19 crisis.  

“Texas is a different beast,” said Nick Loris, an energy researcher at the conservative Heritage Foundation. 

But, even in the Lone Star State, legal fights are adding up. In June, the Sierra Club asked a federal judge to halt construction of the gas pipeline on the grounds that it failed to meet NEPA standards. That same day, landowners and local conservation groups sued Kinder Morgan, the company behind the pipeline, for spilling drilling fluid that allegedly contaminated groundwater in Blanco County.

“This has been a very effective mechanism for folks who do not want to see fossil fuels move forward,” Loris said. “I do think, in certain areas of the country, it is going to be increasingly challenging to build new fossil fuel infrastructure.”

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John Krasinski’s Wig On ‘The Office’ Even Fooled The Show’s Creator

John Krasinski once had the creator and writers on “The Office” wigging out over the possibility of him needing to shave his head for a movie role. 

But Kim M. Ferry, who served as the hairstylist on the hit show for eight seasons, told Mashable that she and Kraskinski were able to pull off a hair-raising stunt. 

Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert in the series, had to cut his hair before the last six episodes of Season 3 in order to star in the film “Leatherheads.”Greg Daniels, the creator and showrunner of the U.S. version of “The Office,” didn’t want Krasinski shaving his head and told him to turn down the role.

Instead, the actor devised a plan to have Kerry outfit him with a wig, unbeknownst to the cast and crew. 

“He paid for the wig — a human hair wig made by a friend of mine, Natascha Ladek, who’s the best wig maker in town,” Ferry told Mashable. 

“[Krasinski] came in a little later that day, and I had the wig hidden in a little secret spot ready for him. When it was just him and I, I put it on him, and then he went out and filmed,” Kerry said, adding that she felt like her helping was putting her job at risk. 

John Krasinski as Jim Halpert (pre-wig) during the Season 3 episode of “The Office” called “Initiation.”

After filming, Krasinski headed over to Daniels’ office to show him the wig. Ferry drove over as well and ran into “Office” actor and writer B.J. Novak, who told her he thought people would be able to tell if Big Tuna was wearing a wig. 

When Ferry was called into Daniels’ office, Krasinski’s wig was on the desk. It seemed the boss had been convinced.

“Greg kept saying, ‘No! I would know if you’re wearing a wig,’” Ferry said, relaying what apparently had happened during Daniels’ the conversation with Krasinski. “So John leaned over the desk and said, ‘No, I don’t think you would.’ That’s when he ripped it off and shut it down, and we got to do the wig.” 

Below is a shot of Krasinski in the wig: 

Krasinski wearing a wig in the 2007 episode "Product Recall." 

Krasinski wearing a wig in the 2007 episode “Product Recall.” 

Although the wig was a bit of a change for Krasinski, his best known transformation occurred when he dropped down to 5% body fat for his role in the Michael Bay movie “13 Hours.” 

“Getting stronger every day is thrilling,” the actor said the time, for a Men’s Health magazine cover story in 2015. “I gotta be honest: It was brutal at times. We did tons of metabolic work, dragging sleds and all this stuff I’ve seen NFL players do.” 

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Charlize Theron Calls ‘Mad Max’ Recasting For Young Furiosa ‘Heartbreaking’

After all that blood, sweat and Tom-Hardy-feuding, Charlize Theron won’t be reprising her role as Imperator Furiosa in the forthcoming “Mad Max” prequel. 

Director George Miller will cast another actor to play a younger version of Theron’s character, which the Oscar winner admits is a “little heartbreaking” in her first interview about the film. 

“It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making ‘Fury Road’ with him,” Theron told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s a master and I wish him nothing but the best. Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character [Furiosa] and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly.”

Theron also said that she’d have loved to “see that story continue,” but that she ultimately trusts Miller’s vision for the future of the franchise. 

The director previously said that while he considered using technology to de-age Theron for the prequel role, he ultimately decided against it, noting the valiant but ultimately distracting CGI used in “The Irishman.” Instead, actors like Jodie Comer of “Killing Eve” fame and “Emma” star Anya Taylor-Joy have reportedly been eyed to replace her.

Theron seemed to suggest that movie audiences wouldn’t have cared about her age, noting that viewers were fine, for example, with the casting of British actors to play historical Russian characters in the critically acclaimed HBO series “Chernobyl.”

“We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on,” she said. 

And as for her tension with former co-star Hardy, which resurfaced in a recent oral history of the blockbuster, it appears that Theron has indeed buried that hatchet back in the desert. 

“That’s the great thing about time, right? It gives you a moment to really reflect and have all of those things permeate,” Theron said of how both she and Hardy have acknowledged their past faults on set. “That’s evolution. That’s how we learn. That’s how we become better. So that was not a hard thing for me to do. It’s just the truth.”

Should you long for more Theron in ass-kicking mode, rest assured that she does plenty in her new Netflix film, “The Old Guard,” as well as the much-awaited “Atomic Blonde” sequel, which she confirmed is in active development.