Ageism in Hollywood is a pretty serious topic and one that should be talked about. But Elizabeth Banks – who’s 41, by the way, and has a history of saying dumb shit – doesn’t think it’s that much of a problem, and she kinda gets where the industry is coming from. After all, wouldn’t you rather be in a movie (or watch a movie) with hot people instead of ugly, wrinkly ones?!
From Flaunt (via E! Online):
“I am 41. That’s true,” the Magic Mike XXL actress said before the reporter asked if she feels the industry is less than fair to women of a certain age.
“Not for Sandra Bullock! Not for Meryl Streep! Not for Naomi Watts! I got plenty to do,” Banks exclaimed.
“The men get all older and all the women stay the same age…that’s true…My male peers in this business would rather be in a romantic relationship in a film with a 28-year-old. I’ll give you that. But it’s for the exact same reason I would prefer to be in a movie with Zac Efron!”
“Because they’re beautiful! They’re sexy! They keep you feeling young, fresh! I guess my point is that I understand the impulse. It’s a bummer, but I think it’s important to remember.”
Banks continued, “Women want to work because what we realized is that when you take that time to go away for six years and get your kids into first grade, people don’t hire you. They f–king forget about you…Men want us to make money because they like having boats. They like going on vacations. They like motorcycles. And they’re not getting them on their salary alone.”
I mean, far be it for me to tell Elizabeth Banks about her Hollywood experience, but I do think this is a pretty insufferable attitude to have. To mention Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock kinda doesn’t count – these women are the major exceptions, NOT the rule. And Meryl Streep is a goddess on earth, so she shouldn’t even enter ANY conversation on the subject.
I do think, yes, we like attractive things, but accepting this as the norm is why shit like this will never change, and why people like Maggie Gyllenhaal will be told that at 37, she’s too old to play the lover of a 55-year-old man. Because while Banks “understands the impulse”, for men, that’s all it is – impulse. It doesn’t actually keep them from being cast in roles. They still get the jobs, and women don’t. I suppose she’ll start realizing this when she starts showing signs of her age (unless, of course, she resorts to constant Botox and the shit that plenty of Hollywood women do to stay in the game as long as possible).