Meryl Streep defends Russell Crowe's actresses remarks
Meryl Streep has come to Russell Crowe's defence after the actor had come under fire for his remarks about ageing actresses.
While promoting his new film The Water Diviner during an interview with the Australian Women's Weekly, the actor said that Hollywood didn't have a problem with women over 40 - the blame actually lay with ageing actresses and their reluctance to reflect that ageing on-screen.
"The best thing about the industry I'm in – movies – is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life," Crowe told Women's Weekly. "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.
During a press conference promoting her latest movie Into the Wood, Streep now spoke out for Crowe, insisting that she thought his remarks had been taken out of context.
"The Russell Crowe thing, I'm so glad you asked about [it]," the 64-year-old Streep said.
"I read what he said -- all of what he said. It's been misappropriated, what he was talking about. He was talking about himself. The journalist asked him, 'Why don't you do another Gladiator, you know, everybody loved that.' He said, 'I'm too old. I can't be the gladiator anymore. I'm playing parts that are appropriate to my age. Then the conversation went on to actresses.
"So that was proving a point, that he was talking about himself, as most actors do. That aside, I agree with him. It's good to live in the place where you are. [...] You can put old age on; it's a lot harder to take it off."