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Actresses respond to Russell Crowe's stern words about actresses

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So that thing Russell Crowe said about older actresses being able to find work if they're honest about their age? Yeah, naturally women are reacting. First, Meryl Streep came out in support of Crowe, saying his words had been "misappropriated," which is a fun word. "He was talking about himself," Streep said. "I agree with him. It's good to live within the place where you are." I'm not going to try to unpack that statement because yikes, but I will challenge Ms. Streep on the assertion that Crowe was talking about himself, since his all his quotes were literally about women — including Streep herself, whom he cites as a positive example. So at least her support is understandable.

Less supportive? Jessica Chastain. While speaking with reporters at the National Board of Review Awards in New York, Chastain didn't mince words. "Russell keeps getting his foot stuck in his mouth," she said. "There are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in film, and for someone to say that there are plenty of roles for women that age, [that] is not someone who's going to the movie theater." You just going to sit there and take that, Russell?

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