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43 year old too old to play the wife of a 57 year old actor

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Brogadaccio Mon 15-May-17 18:14:12

I just read that the actress ''went on a twitter rant'' because she was angry about this. It sounds less like a rant and more like a series of good points to me. I've never heard of her, she was on Orange is The New Black apparently but she is right.

I have on occasion avoided paying to go and see a film because I decided that the age gap between the leading actors was too wide. So women need to stop tolerating these age gaps in films. Women are paying to go and see films too. We're at least 50% of the paying audience. How is it that everything revolves around what older men men want even when it's still 10 dollars for an old, fat, thin, black, white, old, young, male or female person to go to the cinema.

If you think that a film has cast actors with a ludicrously improbable age gap then vote with your ass not on the seat.

Brogadaccio Mon 15-May-17 18:15:45

this news is six days old apparently

HaPPy8 Mon 15-May-17 18:21:12

I love to know who the actor is......

Brogadaccio Mon 15-May-17 18:29:42

Yes, same here, I googled actor age 57 and I didn't get the answer. I do regularly watch films and think 'gak' at the casting and the entitlement and the total lack of regard for 50% of the (female) audience's reaction to the improbable pairings on screen.

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 15-May-17 18:34:37

This sort of thing quite literally makes my heart thump with anger. How DARE they? It is disgusting if that is genuinely the reason why she was not considered.

Infuriating, tragic, horrible, sexist, misogynist, Jurassic, unforgivable, appalling and everything else.

And yet people say we don't need feminism.

BetsyM00 Mon 15-May-17 18:39:31

And was simultaneously told she was too old to play the mother of an 18 year old (same role as above). Wish she would name and shame.

DeleteOrDecay Mon 15-May-17 19:32:18

This is outrageous! angry

RufusTheRenegadeReindeer Mon 15-May-17 19:41:49

I watched the Sweeny with Ray Winstone in it the other day

Fantastic actor and a fine figure of a man at 60

Dating (in the film) Hayley Atwell 35

I was .....what the hell would she be doing with him!!!!

Why couldn't it be made with a beautiful 50+ year old women? Much more realistic

I couldnt watch the film as i was so incensed (and it was shit to be fair)

RufusTheRenegadeReindeer Mon 15-May-17 19:45:04

This 28 year old was too old to play Leanardo Di Caprio (42) wife

They picked a 26 year old in the end

RufusTheRenegadeReindeer Mon 15-May-17 19:45:37

Olivia wilde is her name

sonlypuppyfat Mon 15-May-17 19:46:39

Drives me mad, you see these actors and the women who play their wives are old enough to be their daughters

RufusTheRenegadeReindeer Mon 15-May-17 19:46:47

Margo Robbie Played his wife in the end

CornflakeHomunculus Mon 15-May-17 19:50:00

Sadly very common and has been for a long time.

The graphs in this article are pretty disturbing.

A couple of years back Maggie Gyllenhaal was told that at 37 she was too old to play the love interest of a 55 year old man hmm Around the same time it came to light that amongst the top earners in Hollywood female actors' average earnings per film start to drop off rapidly when they hit 34 whereas male actors' earnings peak at 51 and then stay consistently at that level.

silkpyjamasallday Mon 15-May-17 19:53:52

I agree OP, its shameful in this day and age that this still happens. I remember watching Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn in it as a child and being quite confused as to why she was paired with the brothers (Humphrey bogart was one) who I regarded to be old men. The fact it continues simply reinforces the view that women are only valuable (and that they are a commodity at all is wrong) when young, slim and relatively quiet, whereas men can be however they want to be and still deemed worthy or attractive. There are hardly any films with female leads and even fewer with women over 30.

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 15-May-17 20:00:51

Yes, yes, yes we all know about Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The outrage is that it is still goes on after that went viral.

SylviaPoe Mon 15-May-17 20:42:44

Margot Robbie also played the girlfriend of Will Smith (48).

OneFlewOverTheDodosNest Mon 15-May-17 21:50:02

The creepiest for me recently was Emma Stone playing the love interest of Colin Firth - it totally put me off the film as it was so unrealistic and just grim.

I don't understand who they think they're selling to as well, I mean if they were selling some kind of James Bond machismo fantasy then maybe, but this film was obviously supposed to appeal primarily to women. It's so tone deaf.

Elendon Mon 15-May-17 23:23:24

It's sick and drips of male privilege. Who do they think they bloody are?

Old wrinklies, who will never show the world how blooming wrinkly their nether regions are.

Xenophile Mon 15-May-17 23:39:43

The one that sticks in my mind was when they were casting A Year In Provence and they cast John Thaw as Peter Mayle, but refused to cast Sheila Hancock as Annie Mayle, because no one would believe she was his wife.

She was his wife in real life for fuck's sake.

Eastpoint Mon 15-May-17 23:42:27

I'm just back from seeing Miss Sloane with Jessica Chastain. Really good, people of colour, women talking to each other driving the film forward etc.

ShieldMaidenMamma Tue 16-May-17 07:21:27

I first married at 18, to an 18 year old lad. By 20, he was making snide comments that I wasn't as appealing as the younger girls in his college class. By 21, I was replaced. He also had opinions about his 'right' to a lack of body hair anywhere on me, and a multitude of other disgusting symptoms of privilege run amuck. Remarried to an actual human now smile but daaaaamn.....

ShieldMaidenMamma Tue 16-May-17 07:23:17

The point is, he felt he was OWED 'teenage perfection' partly because of this dynamic in movies

CryptoFascist Tue 16-May-17 07:27:51

This is why I avoid all recent Woody Allen movies. They are increasingly themed around this fetish.

CryptoFascist Tue 16-May-17 07:29:32

0hCrepe Tue 16-May-17 10:25:57

Repulsive man. Probably too scared of a woman any older who would outdo him at every turn and knows it. 20 year gap probably ensures enough polite distance, gratitude and tongue biting.

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