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Emma Thompson (56) lashes out at movie sexism

Kerri-Ann Roper in London

Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson

Actress Emma Thompson says that women in acting face more sexism now than when she began her career many years ago.

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Her latest role sees her playing a 77-year-old prostitute in 'The Legend Of Barney Thomson'.

Thompson said of the current status quo: "I think it's still completely sh*t.

"I don't think there's any appreciable improvement and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young.

"So, no, I am not impressed, at all.

"When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world. When I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing.

"So I get behind as many young female performers as I can.

"A lot of the conversations I have with them are about the fact that we are facing and writing about the same things and nothing has changed.

"Some forms of sexism and unpleasantness to women have become more entrenched and indeed more prevalent."

At 56, she said that the role was one she found wildly comic and irresistible.

Directed by and also starring Robert Carlyle, the film sees Thompson don prosthetics to age her substantially.

Carlyle said he wanted Thompson for the role as he needed an actress "who wasn't going to show any vanity".

Irish Independent

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