Russell Crowe has always been outspoken, but his latest remarks to Australian Women’s Weekly has hit a nerve with Hollywood actresses.
Crowe was addressing age appropriate roles for women in Hollywood, thinking they should “act their age”. Does he have a point?
In his interview, Crowe said that all older actors – of both sexes – were able to pick up pretty much any role providing they were not expected to play a characters in his or her 20s.
He said, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingenue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old.
“Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”
His comments come after Rosanna Arquette stated that roles dry up once you hit a certain age.
Russell added, “I have heard of an actress, part of her fee negotiation was getting the number of children she was supposed to have lessened. Can you believe this? This (character) was a woman with four children, and there were reasons why she had to have four children – mainly, she lived in a cold climate and there was nothing to do but fornicate all day – so quit arguing, just play the role!”
Actress Jessica Chastain hit back at the Gladiator star, stating, “I think Russell keeps getting his foot stuck in his mouth! There are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s who are not getting opportunities in films, and for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age is someone not going to the movie theater”.
Crowe found support from Meryl Streep, whom he mentioned in his original answer.
“The Russell Crowe thing, I’m so glad you asked about [that],” Streep said in an interview prior to the London’s premiere of Into the Woods. “I read what he said – all of what he said. It’s been misappropriated, what he was talking about. He was talking about himself.”
The journalist asked him, ‘Why don’t you do another Gladiator, you know, everybody loved that.’ He said, ‘I’m too old. I can’t be the gladiator anymore. I’m playing parts that are appropriate to my age. Then the conversation went on to actresses. So that was proving a point, that he was talking about himself, as most actors do. That aside, I agree with him. It’s good to live in the place where you are … You can put old age on; it’s a lot harder to take it off.”
Russell Crowe is currently filming the crime thriller The Nice Guys, which also stars Ryan Gosling.
Do you think Russell’s comments were out of line? We have to agree with him on this one!
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