Demi To Hollywood: Give Me A Chance, Dammit

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There are several fucked up things about the Demi Moore article on MSNBC today, the first of which is the headline: "As Career Sags, Demi Moore Battles Ageism." Nothing on that woman's body sags, OK? She's made it clear that she won't tolerate gravity. The item references yesterday's Daily Mail, which had the headline "She's Spent £226k On Plastic Surgery But 'I Still Can't Get A Hollywood Part', Says Demi." The cruelty never ceases. But surgery rumors aren't the point. And whether or not she is a good actress isn't the point, either. The point is this: Since 1981, this woman has worked consistently. After hits like St. Elmo's Fire, A Few Good Men and Ghost, she became the first woman to earn a $10 million salary. Then, in 2002, she turned 40. She sort of proved she still had "it" in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle but after that, the work slowed down. At age 45, the only project she has coming up is animated. You'll only hear her voice.


Demi told British magazine Red, "It's been a challenging few years, being the age I am. Almost to the point where I felt like, well, they don't know what to do with me. I am not 20. Not 30. There aren't that many good roles for women over 40. A lot of them don't have much substance, other than being someone's mother or wife." The aging star phenomenon is nothing new — see 1950's All About Eve — but Moore is not trapped in some Sunset Boulevard fantasy land. She's a working mom, albeit with a younger man, and she seems willing to keep her famous body and long shiny hair Hollywood-ready. She's willing to play the game, but Hollywood won't let her join in. Is it any wonder that Glenn Close is doing TV and Susan Sarandon stars in the craptastic-looking Mr. Woodcock?


Imagine working at a job for 26 years, giving it your all, and then basically being forced into retirement, despite your experience, qualifications and stable personal life? Consider this: Jim Carrey, Eddie Izzard, Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Cruise were born the same year as Demi Moore. Does anyone consider them to be over the hill? Demi's frustration with Hollywood's attitude may cause her to take action: "If we are told we are not valuable once we hit 30, it is a problem," she said. "We all have more to give. We can't just wait for something to happen. We have to say, 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.'"

As Career Sags, Demi Moore Battles Ageism [MSNBC]
She's spent £226k On Plastic Surgery But 'I Still Can't Get A Hollywood Part', Says Demi [Daily Mail]
Earlier: Actresses Ditch Hollywood For Small Screen

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Just because you aren't at the top of your game any more doesn't exactly mean you are being put out to pasture or that it's ageism, or even sexism for that matter. She willingly put her career on hold to raise her kids, which is totally admirable, but let's face facts. She may look great, but she was never a very good actress. Am I wrong?

And actually, I think Jim Carrey is an excellent example to submit. He's having some career issues of his own, is he not? And sorry, Jon Bon Jovi might still be making lots of money and playing at baseball stadiums, but I don't think anyone takes him seriously as a "musician" who still has valid contributions to make in his field.

I just hate the whining. She's been more successful and made more money than I will in a lifetime, but there's something wrong with the "system"? What about all of those sexual harrassment stories we posted the other day... these are coming from women making $10-$15 an hour and she's mad as hell?