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Here Are 15 Frustrating Age Gaps Between Actors – Who Do You Think Would've Been A Better Choice?

30 years is a little much, no?

We all know that Hollywood is famous for casting young actors to play the wives and partners of men who are much older than them IRL.

Bravo

In fact, we tend to write about it A LOT.

This got me thinking – if Hollywood wasn't an ageist and misogynistic machine, and it actually cast women the same age as these 15 actors, who would've been the best option. Let's vote on it, shall we?

  1. In Pretty Woman, Richard Gere (41) was nearly double the age of his co-star, Julia Roberts (23). Which actor in Richard's age range should've been cast instead?

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In Pretty Woman, Richard Gere (41) was nearly double the age of his co-star, Julia Roberts (23). Which actor in Richard's age range should've been cast instead?
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    Jessica Lange
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    Sigourney Weaver
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    Meryl Streep
  1. In 2004, Emmy Rossum (17) played Christine to Gerard Butler's (33) The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, but who would've been a more age-appropriate choice?

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In 2004, Emmy Rossum (17) played Christine to Gerard Butler's (33) The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, but who would've been a more age-appropriate choice?
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    Renée Zellweger
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones
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    Mariah Carey
  1. In Focus, there was a 22-year age gap between leads Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Which actor – in her mid-40s at the time – should've been cast instead?

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In Focus, there was a 22-year age gap between leads Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Which actor – in her mid-40s at the time – should've been cast instead?
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    Gillian Anderson
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    Lucy Liu
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    Tisha Campbell-Martin
  1. In the recent Cinderella movie, Pierce Brosnan (68) played King Rowan and Minnie Driver (51) was his Queen. Who would you have cast if the scales were to be redressed?

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In the recent Cinderella movie, Pierce Brosnan (68) played King Rowan and Minnie Driver (51) was his Queen. Who would you have cast if the scales were to be redressed?
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    Kim Basinger
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    Mary Steenburgen
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    Frances Conroy
  1. Scarlett Johansson was only 20 when she starred in The Island opposite Ewan McGregor (34). Is there someone in Ewan's age-range who should've been given the opportunity instead?

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Scarlett Johansson was only 20 when she starred in The Island opposite Ewan McGregor (34). Is there someone in Ewan's age-range who should've been given the opportunity instead?
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    Denise Richards
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    Winona Ryder
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    Regina King
  1. Tom Cruise (51 at the time) played opposite Emily Blunt (31 at the time) in Edge of Tomorrow, but which actor in her early fifties could've have easily stolen the show?

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Tom Cruise (51 at the time) played opposite Emily Blunt (31 at the time) in Edge of Tomorrow, but which actor in her early fifties could've have easily stolen the show?
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    Joan Cusack
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    Jodie Foster
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    Demi Moore
  1. When they starred together in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence was 22 and Bradley Cooper was 37. Is there anyone older than Jennifer who might've been a better shout?

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When they starred together in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence was 22 and Bradley Cooper was 37. Is there anyone older than Jennifer who might've been a better shout?
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    Angelina Jolie
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    Drew Barrymore
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    Eva Longoria
  1. Margot Robbie is constantly being paired with older guys – in The Wolf of Wall Street she played Leonardo DiCaprio's wife with a 16-year age difference! Who should've been offered the role instead?

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Margot Robbie is constantly being paired with older guys – in The Wolf of Wall Street she played Leonardo DiCaprio's wife with a 16-year age difference! Who should've been offered the role instead?
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    Penélope Cruz
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    Sarah Paulson
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    Eva Mendes
  1. Mila Kunis was 28 and Mark Wahlberg was 41 when they played a couple in Ted. Which actor in Mark's age bracket would've been a more egalitarian choice?

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Mila Kunis was 28 and Mark Wahlberg was 41 when they played a couple in Ted. Which actor in Mark's age bracket would've been a more egalitarian choice?
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    Idina Menzel
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    Sandra Oh
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    Amy Poehler
  1. In Elf, Zooey Deschanel (23) and Will Ferrell's (36) characters ended up getting hitched. Which actor missed out on making us laugh as Jovie?

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In Elf, Zooey Deschanel (23) and Will Ferrell's (36) characters ended up getting hitched. Which actor missed out on making us laugh as Jovie?
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    Leslie Jones
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    Lauren Graham
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    Mira Sorvino
  1. Keira Knightley was only 17 when she began shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl alongside Orlando Bloom (25). Sure they had hella chemistry, but is there anyone his age who might've been a better choice?

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Keira Knightley was only 17 when she began shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl alongside Orlando Bloom (25). Sure they had hella chemistry, but is there anyone his age who might've been a better choice?
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    Jessica Chastain
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal
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    Kerry Washington
  1. Steve Carell (45 at the time) played opposite Anne Hathaway (25 at the time) in Get Smart, but which actor in her early forties could've have easily played his lover?

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Steve Carell (45 at the time) played opposite Anne Hathaway (25 at the time) in Get Smart, but which actor in her early forties could've have easily played his lover?
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh
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    Michelle Yeoh
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    Megan Mullally
  1. In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Liv Tyler (24) and Viggo Mortensen's (43) characters were star-crossed lovers, but which actor would you have preferred to see getting her elf on?

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