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Emma Thompson Is Long Over Ageism In Hollywood

"They'd have to exhume somebody to play my leading man."

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Emma Thompson, Duchess Of Our Hearts, recently spoke to Vulture about Hollywood's penchant for casting young women to play the love interest to much older men.

In A Walk In The Woods Thompson, 56, plays the wife of Robert Redford, 79.

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"The age thing is insane," she told Vulture of the frequent Hollywood habit. "It was ever thus."

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"I remember saying years and years ago," Thompson said. "When I was 35, that they’d have to exhume somebody to play my leading man…Nothing’s changed in that regard. If anything, it’s got worse."

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And it's been going down throughout Thompson's entire career. “I remember somebody saying to me that I was too old for Hugh Grant, who’s like a year younger than me, in Sense and Sensibility."

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"I said, ‘Do you want to go take a flying leap?’”

Your move, Hollywood.

H/T People. Thumbnail image via Tristan Fewings / Getty Images.

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