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Male actors kissing actresses 20 years younger is ‘disgusting’, says playwright Sir David Hare

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If you’ve been to a movie theater in the last few decades, you’re probably aware of the age difference between the male and female protagonists in Hollywood movies.

But now playwright Sir David Hare has confessed that the 20-year difference between Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz in his 2011 BBC thriller Page Eight was ‘disgusting and so wrong’.

Nighy was 61 years old when he played Johnny Worricker, an MI5 analyst, in the first of Sir David’s Worricker trilogy – while Weisz, who played his love interest, political activist Nancy Pierpan, was 41 years old.

The playwright was asked by Jay Rayner, the food writer, for the Out to Lunch podcast why Nighy in the Worricker movies “keeps kissing women 20 years younger than him,” referring to Weisz, according to The Telegraph.

Sir David replied: ‘Yes, it is disgusting, isn’t it? It’s so wrong and so quintessentially masculine.’

But to the outrage of campaigners, the age gaps in Hollywood have not narrowed since Page Eight was released; Daniel Craig, 53, is currently starring in No Time to Die with his love interest played by Lea Seydoux, 36.

Playwright Sir David Hare has confessed that the 20-year difference between Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz in his 2011 BBC thriller Page Eight (pictured) was ‘disgusting and so wrong’.

Next year, Jodie Comer, now 28, will star in the historical drama The Last Duel, opposite Matt Damon, now 49.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, 59, regularly stars with actresses 20 years her junior, including Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow.

In 2016’s Suicide Squad, Jared Leto, who played The Joker, was 44 years old, while Margot Robbie was 26 when he played his beloved former psychiatrist Harley Quinn.

But to the outrage of campaigners, the age gaps in Hollywood have not narrowed since Page Eight was released;  Daniel Craig, 53, is currently starring in No Time to Die with his love interest played by Lea Seydoux, 36 (pictured together)

But to the outrage of campaigners, the age gaps in Hollywood have not narrowed since Page Eight was released; Daniel Craig, 53, is currently starring in No Time to Die with his love interest played by Lea Seydoux, 36 (pictured together)

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, 59, regularly stars with actresses 20 years younger, including Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (pictured) and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, 59, regularly stars with actresses 20 years younger, including Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (pictured) and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow

There was a 28-year age difference between Colin Firth and Emma Stone in 2014's Magic in the Moonlight (pictured)

There was a 28-year age difference between Colin Firth and Emma Stone in 2014’s Magic in the Moonlight (pictured)

Nicky Clark, who leads the Acting Your Age campaign to highlight the on-screen age difference, told the publication: “Just like with Bond and the upcoming The Last Duel… we get the trope of old man, young again and again.” offered. woman.

What may be normalized in the film industry is not the case with the audience’s own relationships and it speaks to something much darker. A young woman’s perceived sexual currency still seems to be her biggest selling point for celluloid.”

She continued, “Older women, if they’re on screen at all, usually complement the male characters. Their function is above all to be humorless, careful, dangerous and difficult.’

When Entrapment hit theaters in 1999, Sean Connery was 68 years old, while Catherine Zeta-Jones was 29 (pictured together)

When Entrapment hit theaters in 1999, Sean Connery was 68 years old, while Catherine Zeta-Jones was 29 (pictured together)

In As Good As It Gets (pictured), there was a 26-year age difference between Jack Nicholson, who was 60, and Helen Hunt, who was 34

In As Good As It Gets (pictured), there was a 26-year age difference between Jack Nicholson, who was 60, and Helen Hunt, who was 34

However, Weisz previously defended the age difference in Page Eight, telling the Observer, “I’m not sure how old Bill is. Do you know? I’m 41. You have to google it.

‘We don’t kiss. There is a very delicate kiss in the last frame of the film, which is incredibly tender.

‘They connect with their hearts and have a great empathy. Anyway, I think people of all different ages can get it. It does not bother me.’

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