Oh, thank God for Russell Crowe.
And no, not in the way that I used to thank God for Russell Crowe. Like back in the Gladiator days, when he was so outrageously, in-your-face sexy that even Sex And The City name-checked the buff, Kiwi-Aussie, sandal-wearing God.
Samantha: “Who do you fantasise about?” Carrie & Miranda in unison: “Russell Crowe.” Those were the days.
A lot has changed since then.
Russell Crowe is no longer Gladiator, he is now a football-club-owning dad and film-maker who’s never met a pair of tracksuit pants he didn’t like.
Oh, age. It happens to us all.
But according to the ever-helpful Mr Crowe, women don’t realise that ageing happens. We struggle to let go of our youth, our beauty, our status as the “hot girl”. And it makes us whinge and whine about inequality.
And we can thank God for Mr Crowe pointing that out, as he did to the Australian Women’s Weekly this month.
Are you ready?
“The best thing about the industry I’m in – movies – is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life,” he told AWW when asked about the perceived discrepancy between the sexes in Hollywood. “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.”
Even Meryl thinks it’s funny that Russell doesn’t believe sexism in Hollywood exists.
But hold on, Russell wants to make his point by citing some very famous women, and himself:
“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…. The point is, you do have to be prepared to accept that there are stages in life. So I can’t be the Gladiator forever.”
We all know what Mr Crowe is trying to say here, and on the surface of it, it may sound like common sense.