Date: 29th September 2014
The much beloved actor, currently out doing promotion for David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars," used an interview with The Guardian as a chance to frankly talk about the current state of the Hollywood industry - specifically its attitude to both ageing and women.
"It's a whorehouse and people go mad. I got another 15, 20 years before they say I'm old. For women it's brutal. Screenwriter Bruce Wagner's thing about if you're 26, you're menopausal? It's only absurd because it's a little bit further than the truth. I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29. They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It's becoming almost like kiddie porn. It's f--king weird."
He talked about how the nature of the business has also changed since the time he grew up in Hollywood and talks about how it affects young people:
"People would look after you when I was a kid. There were good people in the business. When I came to LA Rob Reiner said: 'Come stay at my house.' He taught me. I worked with Pacino . Pacino would talk to you and mentor you. Now it's different. The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out. It's a hard thing to survive without finding safe harbour."
He also says personal projects are harder than ever to get off the ground in the studio system these days:
"Now it's six for them - with a committee cutting the film who weren't part of making it - and maybe one for you. If I could do something like sell watches in China, then I would do that and just make movies like 'Maps' "
Source: Press Release