Russell Crowe Thinks Older Actresses Should Stop Whining About The Lack Of Female Roles In Hollywood

“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the good roles for women 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.”

Ugh, can someone please throw a phone at Russell Crowe’s head, because he really needs to STFU. In an interview with Australia’s Women’s Weekly, the temperamental actor opined about how the best thing about Hollywood is how many roles there are for every stage of life — including for women, so don’t listen to what all those whiny broads are saying! Nevermind the fact that studies have shown that women are grossly underrepresented in Hollywood, with approximately 30 percent of the speaking roles in film in any given year; nevermind the many, many, many respected female actresses who have complained about the lack of roles for women, in particular older women; nevermind, say, this statistic which indicates that the majority of all female roles are for 21 to 39-year-olds — Russell Crowe says there are TONS of great roles for women of all ages! Russell Crowe presumes to speak for Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, two of the best known older actresses who still manage to find work! Russell Crowe knows all!

I suspect that when Crowe talks about older female actresses who want to be cast as the “ingenue” he’s really referring to female actresses who dare to desire roles that don’t relegate them to the sidelines as wise grandmothers or cranky ex-wives. That they’d like the opportunity to continue playing complex leading women who, despite an errant gray hair and slight wrinkles, still are capable of being seen as sexually desirable if the role calls for it. That, say, when a movie is seeking an actress to play Russell Crowe’s love interest, they might cast a woman who is around his age (50) instead of someone 15-20 years younger, like, oh Olga Kurylenko, 35, who plays Crowe’s love interest in the upcoming film “The Water Diviner.” Because I seriously cannot think of any serious actress, off the top of my head, who’s passing up potentially Oscar-worthy roles because she’s hoping to be the next Jennifer Lawrence and score the cover of Teen Vogue. Gimme a break. [Us Weekly]