Emma Thompson Calls Out Double Standard of Hollywood Sex Scenes: ‘We’ve Got to Keep Being Brave’

Emma Thompson was characteristically frank about Hollywood's double standards in a recent interview on the CultureBlast podcast. The "Nanny McPhee" star, who is also a prolific screenwriter, spoke about her upcoming film "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande", which is a refreshing change from the typical Hollywood film about women with romances with men decades older are than them.
Directed by Sophie Hyde, "Leo Grande" is about a widow whose late husband was an unsatisfactory lover. So she decides to see a sex therapist in her early twenties.
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Thompson's character in the film says, "The only people willing to sleep with me are my age and I want to sleep with someone younger than me." But it's very rare for women to express that desire for a younger man on screen, she says. "If someone plays me romantically, they have to exhume someone because I'm 61 now," she jokes.
"You are over 50 and you are invisible."
Meanwhile, she says that having an on-screen romance with someone 30 or 40 years younger than him is perfectly acceptable for George Clooney. "It's completely unbalanced," she says.
However, she hopes the industry will change. "When people are not averse to seeing someone who is 61 years old and is largely naked, with a much younger person, it becomes very interesting." We must continue to be brave. "
Thompson told podcast interviewer Farah Nayeri that she welcomed efforts to make movie sets safer since the Me Too movement. On "Leo Grande," "We Had to Do a Whole Thing, Someone Comes to Talk to You About Sexual Harassment," which she thinks is a good idea because a movie set has "such a powerful power structure and hierarchy."
While filming the latest release, which Thompson co-wrote and starred “Last Christmas,” “I had a big meeting with all the women and said,“ We're here to take care of each other, ”she says.
Thompson made a strong statement when she left the voice of the movie "Luck" after Skydance hired John Lasseter to lead the animation department. "I didn't understand why he was hired," she says. If a company is serious about changing culture and still hires the animation manager who has been accused of sexual harassment, "it's very clear that you don't care."
"It's changing, but nowhere near enough," she says.
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