Dame Joan Collins: 'I only get of­fered roles af­ter Dench and Smith re­ject them'

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Dame Joan Collins says she only gets of­fered mov­ing roles af­ter Dames Judi Dench and Mag­gie Smith turn them down. The 84year-old ac­tress be­lieves she is low down on the list of older ac­tresses that pro­duc­ers turn to and ac­knowl­edges that main­tain­ing an act­ing ca­reer in her 80s is tough. She told Fab­u­lous mag­a­zine: "There are older-women parts, but quite frankly they're go­ing to go first of all to Judi Dench, Mag­gie Smith, He­len Mir­ren, Meryl Streep or Su­san Saran­don. There are 20 women they're go­ing to go through be­fore they get to me." Joan also be­lieves that parts for older ac­tresses are few and far be­tween, as movie stud­ies con­tinue to cater to a younger au­di­ence. She ex­plained: "To­day, big-bud­get films are made by big busi­nesses, and all of the com­pa­nies have one mo­tive in mind - to make money. "Their au­di­ence is mostly young men be­tween the ages of 12 and 28 and they want to see young, nu­bile girls." How­ever, Joan's lat­est role in 'The Time of Their Lives' was writ­ten specif­i­cally for her by di­rec­tor Roger Goldby. She said: "It's got a great hon­esty about it. Fame is to­tally fleet­ing, and that's one of the things I learned very early on. It casts a light on the mis­ery of celebs as they get older. At fan con­ven­tions you see peo­ple you haven't heard of for 30 or 40 years sell­ing their pho­to­graphs. You're like: 'That's so and so, they were so beau­ti­ful,' and now they're ab­so­lutely un­known. They love the fame, and un­for­tu­nately it's gone."

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