Hasta La Vista, Arnie. Is This The Beginning Of The End Of Ageing In Hollywood?

Hasta La Vista, Arnie. Is This The Beginning Of The End Of Ageing In Hollywood?

Ageing is unashamed in Hollywood. But audiences are no longer standing for unbelievable casting decisions, no matter how famous the franchise

You know those Terminator Genisys posters? They makes me seethe. Not that I have anything against Arnold Schwarzenegger, you understand. Who would have believed, after all, that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a tiny Austrian village would become one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, marry into American royalty [the Kennedy family] amass a fortune and, then, one day become the Governor of California?  He’s more than proved his chops. Nor, for that matter, do I particularly have an aversion against cyborgs with He-Man like exteriors that hide a heavily armoured metal endoskeleton. No, what really gets me teed off is the fact that Arnie is still playing said indestructible robot. Yet, today, Arnie is 67-years-old. This means he qualifies for a Freedom pass.

Now, let’s think about the female stars of this particular franchise. 59 year-old Linda Hamilton (eight-years-younger that Arnie) memorably played Sarah Connor in Terminator 1 and 2. She didn’t get recast for Genisys. That role went to Emilia Clarke, aged 29 - and 38-years-younger than the Austrian Oak.

Of course, as lame as it is, ageism in Hollywood is nothing new. Take Tom Crusie. Now, over 50, his leading ladies have been getting progressively younger over the years. In the upcoming spy-action movie Man From U.N.C.L.E., for instance, he’ll share screen time with Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. She’s 24. Meanwhile, Maggie Gyllenhaal recently revealed that, at age 37, she was told she was too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man. So NOT sick.

But let’s not end this on a bum note. Back to Genisys, then. The film seriously underperformed in its weekend debut at the US box office. Does this mean, therefore, that the audience just refuses to believe a pensioner can cut it as a cyborg assassin? We’d like to think so. Hollywood: *picks up megaphone* are you listening?

This is a gratuitous picture of Arnie's son, BTW.

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