Throughout his career, Russell Crowe has earned a bad-boy reputation by the roles he’s played, and also for his outlandish confrontational attitude. Recently, Crowe showed no sign of stopping after publicly denouncing the annoying behavior of some older Hollywood actresses in the industry.
Promoting his new film The Water Diviner, Crowe addressed whether or not older actresses found it more difficult to land leading roles in Hollywood.
“The best thing about the industry I’m in – movies – is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life,” Crowe told Women’s Weekly.
“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 ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old.”
Crowe went on to list leading ladies such as Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren as fine examples of women aging gracefully while still being able to thrive in the movie industry.
“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.”
Crowe continued, “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!”
Lately, Russell Crowe has not found much success on the silver screen in 2014. Crowe was recently nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for his role as a gangster Pearly Soames in the movie Winter’s Tale at the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
The movie also did poorly at the box office barely returning half of the $60 million invested in the project and commanding a meagre 13 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 134 critics.
Do you believe that older actresses have problems finding roles in Hollywood? What do you think of Russell Crowe’s complaint of older Hollywood actresses not acting their age?
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