I don't think there's any appreciable improvement, says Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson is not satisfied with the way women are being treated in Hollywood.
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“Saving Mr. Banks” star firmly believes that there is no improvement in this regard, in fact, situation is worse than when she was young.
“I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So, no, I am not impressed at all.” Emma Thompson told Radio Times in an interview.
In her upcoming film “The Legend of Barney Thomson”, Emma Thompson is playing a 77-year old prostitute which she admits is a “bit ageist” and supposedly done by someone older than her as her own age is 55.
“It would be really nice to get someone who is actually 77 to play her, but it’s a wildly comic role and I couldn’t resist.”
Emma Thompson is not the only one to complain about ageism and the lack of leading roles for women in the industry. Recently, Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed that a filmmaker turned her down for a role, saying you are too old to become a love interest of 55-year old man. The statement was astonishing for Maggie Gyllenhaal since the actress is just 37 years old and is called “too old” for playing that respective role.
“When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world and when I look at it now, it is in a worst state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad.” Emma said.
“So, I get behind as many young female performers as I can and actually a lot of the conversations I have with them are about exactly the fact that we are facing and writing about the same things and nothing has changed, and that some forms of sexism and unpleasantness to women have become more entrenched and indeed more prevalent.”
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A study by San Diego State University suggests that female characters made up just 12 percent of protagonists in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2014 which is relatively low as compared to previous years.