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Emma Thompson’s Hollywood sexism update

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Emma Thompson, winner of the Richard Harris Award backstage at the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)

She may be an Oscar-winning screenwriter, but actress Emma Thompson is keeping her language simple — and rather salty — when it comes to the state of Hollywood sexism. “I am not impressed, at all. I think it’s still completely s—, actually,” she tells the Radio Times. “When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world, and when I look at it now it is in a worse state than I have known it — particularly for women — and I find that very disturbing and sad. I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young.”

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Adding insult to injury? Thompson’s latest role, in “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” finds the 56-year-old actress playinga 77-year-old prostitute.”It is a bit ageist,” she says. “It would be really nice to get someone who is actually 77 to play her, but it’s a wildly comic role and I couldn’t resist.”

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