Helen Mirren Blasts Industry Sexism

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Helen Mirren has been using her now substantial clout to lambast the sexist Hollywood industry. At a recent ceremony honouring the 100 most powerful women in entertainment - an annual league table drawn up by industry daily the Hollywood Reporter - Mirren had a good go at traditional Hollywood's continuing 'to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis'. Mirren, famous for films including The Queen, Calendar Girls and most recently Red, also lashed out at those who praise her for being sexy at the age of 65, saying it was "bloody irrelevant".

"I resent in my life the survival of some very mediocre male actors and the professional demise of some very brilliant female ones," Mirren told the audience.

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