Star strips Magic Mike XXL script of the word ‘cougar’
Actress Andie Macdowell insisted the word “cougar” was removed from Magic Mike XXL because she considers it demeaning.
The Four Weddings and a Funeral star, who plays a flirty mother in the raunchy stripper drama sequel, demanded moviemakers take out the word, which is often used to describe older women with a penchant for romancing younger men.
The 57-year-old tells Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, “I think it’s unfair that we don’t have a male equivalent (to cougar)”.
“There was a cougar line (in the movie); I took it out. I didn’t wanna say it,” she said.
“I have a problem with the word ... I just think it’s unnecessary. It’s demeaning. I think the idea that men get more handsome and sexier as they get older is a fallacy. There’s no difference. We’re the same. It was a way to empower men and disempower women. And that’s changing, because if I wanna date someone that’s 20 years younger than me, I can do that now.”
Magic Mike XXL opens in Australian cinemas next week. WENN