FONDA ‘TOO OLD’ FOR ROLE
THEY are Oscar winners with glittering careers.
But Jane Fonda, 80, and Diane Keaton, 72, were told they were too old for their latest film. The actors appear with Mary Steenburgen, 65, and Candice Bergen, 72, in
Book Club, a film about four friends who reinvigorate their sex lives after reading Fifty Shades Of Grey.
But its creators were forced to make the film independently after studio executives demanded they cast younger stars.
Director Bill Holderman said studios had applied a “tremendous amount of pressure” to reduce the ages of the characters to their late 40s.
Fonda, who won Oscars with Coming Home and
Klute, said: “It’s an industry that’s very much driven by youth and beauty. Ageism is alive and well. I think that’s beginning to change though.”