See Emma Thompson as a 77-year-old prostitute! 10



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British actor Emma Thompson is no stranger to spending hours in the make-up chair, but for her new role she spent ages being transformed.

Ms Thompson plays a 77-year-old prostitute in the upcoming black comedy The Legend of Barney Thomson and was fitted out with prosthetics to make her usually radiant face look far older than her character’s age.

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Cemolina, played by the double Oscar-winner, is a bingo-obsessed hooker and mother to an accidental murderer whose life gets tangled up with a serial killer. The craggy old gal turns out to be dab hand at hiding the evidence and Ms Thompson says she was drawn to the role because it is “wildly comic and irresistible”.

Watch the trailer below (warning some graphic scenes) to see Cemolina in action.

In interviews promoting the film Ms Thompson has spoken about sexism in the film industry, saying it is worse today than when she started her career.

The 56-year-old told told Radio Times that actresses are still judged by their age and appearance. “I think it’s still completely s***, actually,” she said. “I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young.

“When I was younger I really did think we were on our way to a better world and when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad.”

Can you believe this is the same woman who played pretty Elinor Dashwood in Sense & Sensibility? Which is your favourite Emma Thompson film? 

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  1. Brilliant actress. I first saw her and thought her acting excellent playing Lady Marchmain (Brideshead Revisited)

  2. “Every part of him is chopped up and labeled” ” I label everything ” I have to see this movie, I look forward to nearly any new English movie as their actors look normal that bunch of are brilliant, can’t wait. I haven’t seen Emma Thompson in anything bad her lovely face is full of expression.

  3. A 77 year old prostitute? I’ve heard of a few 50 year olds, but 77 – that takes the cake.

  4. I look forward to seeing the film and glad to see the actor who was in the Full Monty plays the staring part along with Emma Thompson.

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