Leading men in Hollywood don’t find age to be a barrier to plum roles, but their on-screen romantic partners tend to be younger, some much younger.
Most moviegoers would think nothing of the 16-year age gap between Bradley Cooper, 40, and his co-star Jennifer Lawrence, 24, in Serena, due out in May, even if that doesn’t happen much in real life.
Two new films are signaling a shift in Hollywood’s thinking, however, Yahoo News reported.
Patricia Clarkson, 55, for instance, romances Scott Speedman, 39, in October Gale, out next week.
An even more groundbreaking example: Italian bombshell Monica Bellucci, 50, will be the latest Bond girl in Spectre, scheduled for release in November.
Bellucci told The Sunday Times she prefers the term “Bond woman”.
Known for her roles in The Matrix Reloaded and The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci is four years older than Daniel Craig, 46, who plays the British secret agent James Bond.
She said she was shocked when she got the call from director Sam Mendes.
Bellucci was convinced she was being cast to replace 80-year-old Judi Dench as M, Bond’s boss.
“My first thought was, ‘How can I be a Bond girl at 50?’” Bellucci said.
“I told Sam he would be a hero among women for casting me in Spectre.”
Previously, the oldest Bond love interest was Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, the 1964 instalment of the series, at age 39.
Bellucci told The Times of London, “True sexiness is in the mind, the imagination – not in the age of the body.”
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