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Russell Crowe Thinks Older Actresses Need To Accept Their Age! What Is He Talking About??

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Well, he always speaks his mind!

But we're not sure he should have in this case!

Russell Crowe recently let the world in on what he thinks about older women in front of the camera.

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There's been a lot of talk lately about how few roles there are for women in film compared to men. But Russell apparently thinks that's bullshiz! He said:

"To be honest, I think you'll find that the woman who is saying that [the good roles for women have dried up is] the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can't understand why she's not being cast as the 21-year-old."

Wow! Really?

Seeing as how Russell has never been an actress in her 40s, we're guessing he doesn't actually have experience searching for these roles.

Russell then points to women who have had success in their golden years, including Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, using them as examples of how to do it right. He says:

"Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that's bulls–t, 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."

Hmm, is it really fair to use two of the most sought-after actresses of all time as your examples? He also said:

"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! The point is, you do have to be prepared to accept that there are stages in life. So I can't be the Gladiator forever."

At least he's including himself here! So this isn't all about women!

But then why focus on them in the first place? No one would take offense if he'd said a lot of ACTORS want to play younger roles. Which is obviously true.

Maybe next time rethink your words before sticking your foot in your mouth!

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8 comments to “Russell Crowe Thinks Older Actresses Need To Accept Their Age! What Is He Talking About??”

  1. Mark says – reply to this


    Very smart man and beautifully said. I don't know why Perez doesn't understand he's actually siding with actresses. He's simply saying that many older actresss don't accept their age and are constantly trying to play younger roles which is why they can't find work. They don't want to play the 50 year old woman. And it's true!!

    Well said Russell!

  2. Jessica says – reply to this


    He makes a very good point.

  3. Catherine says – reply to this


    I don't see the problem here. Not only is he actually complimenting women and the wisdom they possess at an older age, he's even saying men have no business playing younger rolls. All he is literally saying to do is act your age. Not offensive at all. Sometimes you are so off-the-mark, Perez! Do you even read what you're posting?

  4. kat says – reply to this


    In vino veritas

  5. meagan says – reply to this


    he's right tho. perez being dumb again.

  6. 6

    Re: Catherine – Thanks I agree with you and Mark.
    Don't think Perez posts much anymore but has writers. I have seen him respond to a post about him a few times but not in about 3 months.

  7. syd3 says – reply to this


    Russell Crow implies (actually states) that if only aging actresses would accept roles for aging women in films — hey, no problema — they would ALL get roles. What???? Show me films out there to back this up quantifiably.

  8. mike dobey says – reply to this


    It has always been easier for men to get roles. In fact a guy in his fifties can have a young opposite leading lady. this was always done and sometimes it was not a good idea. women had to struggle for roles and still do. unless they are giants in the industry. most people who work as actors though are lucky to get any role. as few actors actually work steadily or all. so for the few working actors , roles for older women are going to be scarier for them than for men by a huge margin.