<p>Emma Thompson calls out ‘unbalanced’ Hollywood sex scenes</p>

Emma Thompson calls out ‘unbalanced’ Hollywood sex scenes

Emma Thompson calls out ‘unbalanced’ Hollywood sex scenes

Emma Thompson calls out ‘unbalanced’ Hollywood sex scenes

Emma Thompson has addressed a prevalent Hollywood double-standard in her forthcoming new film, Good Luck To You, Leo Grande – specifically, where older men get to romance much younger women, but the same option is rarely granted to older women.

Talking to the CultureBlast podcast, the 61-year-old Love Actually actress, who plays a 55-year-old widow hiring a sex worker (or, in his words, a “sex therapist”) in his early 20s, opened up about what her Leo Grande character represents in today’s society, citing George Clooney as an example. 

“It’s completely acceptable for George Clooney – who is delightful – to have someone who is 40 years younger than him or 30 years younger than him,” she said. “If I have someone playing opposite me in a romantic way, they have to exhume someone, because I’m 61 now. Do you see what I mean? It’s completely and utterly unbalanced.

“If Leo Grande, the film that we make, speaks to people and people aren’t averse to seeing someone who’s 61 largely naked with a very much younger person, it’s going to be very interesting. We’ve got to keep being brave about that,” she continued.

The film’s director, Sophie Hyde (Animals, 52 Tuesdays), has spoken highly of the Oscar-winning Thompson, saying, “I’m thrilled to be working with the tremendously funny and heartbreakingly honest Emma Thompson to explore intimacy and desire, and to put on screen a relationship that feels unexpected and delightful.”

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande begins production in London in early 2021.


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