FIFTY SHADES OF AGEISM
FILM legends Jane Fonda, 80, and Diane Keaton, 72, were told they were too old to star in their latest film, prompting Fonda to brand ageism in Hollywood ‘‘alive and well’’.
The veteran stars appear alongside Mary Steenburgen, 65, and Candice Bergen, 72, in Book Club, a film about four older 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 and reduce the characters’ ages to women in their 40s.
‘‘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,’’ Fonda said.