Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has sparked controversy and anger after offering his opinion on the contentious debate about the lack of roles for older women in acting.
Speaking to Australian magazine Women’s Weekly, Crowe 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.”
After name-checking Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, the Les Mis star continued, “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.”
As expected, several people took to Twitter to express their anger at the comments- Actress Amy Morgan tweeted: “Oh dear Russell Crowe. Can’t even be bothered to post the link to his interview, because it’s just the usual sexist drivel. #BoreOffCrowe”
And freelance writer Kat Lister said: “Love the fact that Russell Crowe is telling women to act their age when he was running around Sherwood Forest shooting a bow & arrow at 46.”
TNT Siobhan White