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Three time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep has recently backed actor Russell Crowe, agreeing that ageing actors and actresses should play roles better suited to their own age.

Playing a witch in the upcoming movie, Into the Woods, the actress was asked at the film’s premiere about her thoughts on Crowe’s statements in regards to Hollywood actors. Crowe told the press how he knew actors and actresses who complain about not being cast to play younger roles, when they begin to get into their 40s and 50s. “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”.

Meryl Streep went on to echo the actors sentiment. “I agree with him. It’s good to live in a place where you are”.

This isn’t the first time that Streep has previously spoken about actresses of an earlier generation being routinely written off at 40, claiming of her own success: “I’m out there on behalf of all the old broads and I’m proud to be there”.

Streep is not the only actress to share thoughts such as these. Oscar winning actress Helen Mirren, now aged 69, is one of the more outspoken advocates for older people on the big screen. The actress uses her fame to regularly protest the ‘drying up’ of roles in film.

“I’ve seen too many of my brilliant colleagues, who work non-stop in their 20s, their 30s, and their 40s, only to find a complete desert in their 50s, and no work means no income”, said the actress at an awards ceremony in 2010.

“I resent having witnessed in my life the survival of some very mediocre male actors and the professional demise of some very brilliant female ones”.

The recent outburst by Mr. Crowe has shined a light on an important issue within the film industry. Do Hollywood studios produce too many films for younger people? Should there be more films aimed at those aged over 50?

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  1. I agree. All actors and actresses should play roles better suited to their own age. Film is more effective if it reflects the reality of the world in this sense. Trust Meryl Streep to give realistic, helpful comment. She’s one of the few greats in my book.

  2. I think Hollywood should make more movies with older actors for older people! I love going to the movies, but Happy Feet just doesn’t do it for me! Maybe when I have Grandchildren

  3. He was first asked why didn’t he make another Gladiator? He said because he was too old. Good on him for being honest.

  4. Hollywood has never embraced the age concept of women between 40 and 65. I have always wondered what these brilliant actresses do while they wait to become character actresses like Maggie Smith & Judi Dench. I wouldn’t imagine they stay home and babysit the grandkids.

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  5. people don’t read what was really said. a 60 yr old male or female can’t play 20 or 30 year old. that’s what he said. They should all play their age like Dame Judi Dench, Meryl Streep & Helen Mirren and a host of others.

  6. Some people get better as they get older whether they are actresses/actors or not. Age should be no barrier to whatever you want to do in life so I think that the movie moguls should cater to the older audience instead of making some of the rubbish that is churned out at the moment. There is just so much running after speeding cars, jumping out of aeroplanes, throwing yourself from high cliffs or getting the spunky young girl/boy into bed for a session of serious sex, that an ageing actor can fake. There are many well written stories out there about older people that would make great movies.

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