Award-winning British actress Helen Mirren (“The Queen”, “Elizabeth I”, “The Passion of Ayn Rand”) is not one to keep her opinions to herself. Recently, she said something about today’s young Hollywood male actors. Read on to know more about what she has to say.
70-year-old Mirren thinks that young male actors are under mounting pressure to have “ridiculous” bodies. She also said that it is nearly impossible to find a “real” man now.
“It’s absolutely incredible. They all have to have these ridiculous bodies now that are completely unrealistic. And it’s very hard to find a male actor with a real body. They all have to be in the gym for three or four hours a day. Tedious. Awful.” (via Daily Mail)
In a previous dialogue with The Guardian, Mirren explained her view on how sexism against women in Hollywood was “profound”. She elaborated by mentioning the restricted parts and opportunities for more mature women within the industry and how female actors are frequently employed, depending on how “sexy” they are perceived to be, rather than the quality of their performance.
Mirren, who was awarded a Damehood and Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013 for services to the performing arts, said that when selecting actresses for a certain role, movie bosses don’t consider if they can act, the question is always, “would you f*** her?”
Several of her remarks repeated those of another notable actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal, who disclosed earlier this year that at 37, she was considered too old to play the love interest of a 55-year old male actor. Taking this into consideration, Mirren commented, “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”
Mirren does her part to instill change as she is doing what she can, particularly by putting up a new writers’ lab to encourage women over 40 to develop scripts. She said that women’s situation in society has to change before we see any real progress. Real life roles change and then their image in the industry will follow.
In some bizarre turn on fairness, Mirren also added that the impossible pressure to remain youthful-looking also affects male counterparts.
One example would be recent “Woman In Gold” co-star Ryan Reynolds, who without a doubt, is expected to spend considerable time at the gym to maintain his well-defined muscles and six-pack abs.
Currently, Mirren is the face of the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect skincare campaign, in which she refused to consent any kind of altering or airbrushing of the images.
Photo Source: Facebook/Ms Helen Mirren