Maybe Russell Crowe should’ve thought twice before sharing his thoughts about women in Hollywood over 40 with a publication called The Australian Women’s Weekly. While the industry’s gender imparity, including a notable lack of strong female roles in 2014, is clearer than ever to many, Crowe wasn’t buying it:
“The best thing about the industry I’m in–movies–is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life. 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 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.”
And since he called her out on it, leave it to class-act Meryl Streep to give a dignified yet no-nonsense response to his claims: “The conversation went on to actresses, proving a point that he was talking about himself, as most actors do.” Watch the video below, via HeyUGuys.