Emma Thompson has joined the ever-growing chorus of actresses that includes Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and Maggie Gyllenhaal, to publicly decry the ageism and sexism in the movie industry. The Oscar-winning actress, known for Sense and Sensibility and Howard’s End, said “sexism and unpleasantness” are worse than ever. Talking to Radio Time, she said, “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. I think it’s still completely shit, actually.” Thompson added, “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 worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad.” In her latest movie, The Legend of Barney Thomson, the 56-year old actress plays a 77-year-old prostitute opposite co-star Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Full Monty) — who’s also the film’s director. “It is a bit ageist,” said Thomson. “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.”
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