Dame Helen Mirren thinks ageism in Hollywood is a bunch of BS, and she’s not mincing her words.
At an event in New York City yesterday morning, the 69-year-old Academy Award winning actress was asked her thoughts about Maggie Gyllenhaal being a recent victim of ageism in the film world. Back story: Last week Gyllenhaal revealed that at just 37 years of age, producers told her she was too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man in an upcoming film. Mirren, who had no doubt the story was true, laid the smack down on Hollywood with the help of a series of expletives.
“It’s f^%$@# outrageous,” she said. “It’s f^%$@# outrageous! It’s ridiculous. Honestly. And ’twas ever thus. We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.” Take that ageists!
Watch Dame Helen tellin’ it like it is below. She somehow makes dropping F-bombs sound classy.