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Fifty-year-old Russell Crowe has an opinion on why it becomes so hard for actresses to land good parts as they get older. His theory: It’s all their fault. As Crowe tells Australian Women’s Weekly, “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.” What about the fact that those ingenue roles are basically all that’s left in Hollywood, as older men are routinely paired off with actresses who are decades younger? Crowe has some counterexamples: “Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why [those complaints are] bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be.” So that’s two working actresses over 60. The problem is solved.