Helen Mirren Thinks Ageism Against Women in Hollywood Is ‘F*cking Outrageous’

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Earlier this year, Russell Crowe had the gall (ignorance?) to suggest that actresses like Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren would "give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why [complaints of ageism are] bullshit." Nope! Upon hearing that Maggie Gyllenhaal was told that she was "too old" to play the love interest for a 55-year-old man, Dame Helen responded succinctly and appropriately: "It's fucking outrageous." She told The Wrap: "It’s ridiculous. 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.” Now, if you'd like to hear Helen Mirren say the phrase "twas ever thus" in her lovely accent, there's a video clip: