Crowe: Actresses, stop complaining and act your age

Crowe: Actresses, stop complaining and act your age

Russell Crowe: Female Actresses Should Stop Complaining and Act Their Age.
In an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly before Christmas, but which appears to have flown under the radar until this week, Crowe said that all older actors – male and female – were able to pick up roles provided they did not expect to play characters in their 20s. His comments fly in the face of complaints from actors, such as Rosanna Arquette, who have suggested that roles dried up in Hollywood once they hit a certain age.

“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. “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.”

He added: “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!”