Let's face it -- Hollywood's view of age is skewed, at best. The industry might try to avoid fine lines and wrinkles like the plague, botoxing and facelifting all over the place, but it also likes to slip older actors and actresses into young roles ... not to mention making younger stars look older and more mature, and basically playing with age as the industry sees fit. And it's not only behind the scenes. From old-school 90210 to the big screen, age gets wiggled.

For example, Online Education lists a bunch of films where older actors ignore their age to play college students -- some being in their 20's and a close jump to college life, and others being ridiculously over-aged for their work, like a 39-year-old Harland Williams popping up as a college student in Sorority Boys. But age also becomes a factor in book adaptations.

As Elisabeth noted last week, there's a rumor that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to play the vampire Lestat in a new re-do of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. (Although no word on which books will be included, and how.) Big-screen treatments of Rice's work have always been my favorite examples of throwing age out the window. Where something like the Twilight series has been very particular about picking appropriate ages, casting peeps have a field day with Rice.
categories Cinematical