Well, I never.

I’ll bet you wondered if I forgot about Finkville yesterday. Perish the thought, fiend. I just forgot about that little time management thing that enables me to both write and get to school on time.

So yes, I am a hagalicious snark for being offended by this. And no, I’m not talking about that book-burning buttmunch down in Gainesville (I refuse to give him any of my precious bandwidth). Rather, I refer to the title and opening line for an article in last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle:

Silver screen turns to gray-hairs
Someone needs to file an age discrimination lawsuit in Hollywood – to force the studios to hire a few more young actors.”


What followed was a list of current movies, complete with their “AARP factor.” (Ho hahaha heee hee haha) He mentioned a few sloppy, past-their-prime, washed-out actors like, oh, Richard Dreyfuss, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Jeff Bridges…no-talent has-beens. Yeah, let’s forget about experience and honing one’s craft over time, and developing your art into something memorable and enviable, AKA “stuff that doesn’t happen overnight.”

Yep, we want more young folks in the movies. You know, more of them size -2 girls and beefcake boys with the perfect teeth. Oh give me a break. We HAVE those; the industry is infested with them.¬†Know what I say? I say it’s high time middle-aged (and older) actors got great roles. And I don’t mean the worried mom or the senile grandpa or the snippy spinster. I mean the meaty roles; ones that reaffirm the fact that life is not over after the half century mark — the “It’s Complicated” and the “As Good as it Gets” roles. So what if “older” actors are hogging marquees all over the country right now? I say Bully! Hip hip! Bout time! The sooner Hollywood realizes that the 50-and-over generation are still vibrant, intelligent, relevant and in possession of more disposable income than most of their twenty-something counterparts, the better.

Now don’t get me wrong. I like (fill in name of your favorite young, hunky actor) just as much as the next girl, but I’d pay to see Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey and Clint Eastwood over Channing Tatum or Chace Crawford any day.

Of course, that’s just me.

I’m not saying there aren’t any talented young actors out there, or that being long in the tooth is necessarily an excellence benchmark. There are good young actors, and bad old ones. But let’s have some balance here, sports fans. There’s a resurgence of maturity in film right now, and it’s long overdue. I like it. You should like it, too. Please like it with me, k? Please?

PS – I’m actually not offended. Just being silly because it’s Wengsday. :-)

Clown photo: Frederic Larsen, Burning Man

5 thoughts on “Well, I never.

  1. Mavis

    I do like it with you! I would so rather see Gary Oldman, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman or Viggo Mortensen than those pale, big-tooth kids in the vampire movies! Jeff Bridges – what a talent!!! There are definitely talented young actors out there but, they need to look to the older ones for inspiration and guidance. How they could hone their craft if they would!! Thanks for standing up for the “gray hairs”!

  2. Rae

    Agreed. These guys (and talented gals) get better with age. Cary Grant was in, I donno, 70 films… same with Humphrey Bogart. They not only got better with age, but as their looks improved (like having their ears grown into their faces), their skills improved. Clark Gable was almost 40 when his “best role” came along and when he was 58, he starred with Marilyn Monroe in the Misfits. Both of their last screen performances. Not to mention our current studs who seem to be aging well. Like Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, um… GEORGE CLOONEY?!, Richard Gere. Meow….


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