Russell Crowe meant well. But his recent comments about women in Hollywood stung like a chemical peel. On the face of it, his suggestion that actresses act in roles correspondent to their age, instead of trying to forever play the hot young thing, sound entirely reasonable. Except that he's speaking from the privileged position of being a man in an industry that is unforgiving to older women.
So, in essence, he hasn't got a freaking clue of what he speaks.
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“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,” said Crowe. “... 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.”