More age ridiculousness

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by James Slattery, May 22, 2020.

  1. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Maybe others will disagree, but I didn't think the age difference seemed that obvious - maybe because we already had stretched credulity to accept 38-year-old Stewart as a young man in some of those scenes.

    Since we swallowed that concept, we then didn't feel bothered when we saw JS with the younger DR.

    Besides, I think DR looked older than her actual age in the movie. She's 25 in real life but passes for older.

    And I don't mean that in a bad way - she was beautiful in "IAWL".

    But DR always came across as more mature than her years, and JS remained boyish, so the 2 match...
     
  2. eric777

    eric777 Astral Projectionist

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    I guess to many, it didn’t seem obvious. To me, James Stewart looked even older then he actually was. Donna Reed looked older as well but nowhere near as old as James Stewart. I still think they had great chemistry together so I guess that’s more important.
     
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  3. NaturalD

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    If I remember it right, Braveheart has this too. Early scenes with a young boy and girl, then cut to the time of the action and Mel Gibson with his face full of lines is with a young babe.
     
  4. neo123

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    You just got to go with the flow with regards to age differences and time periods on TV shows (and some movies.)

    For example, I like the show The Goldbergs. It takes place in the '80s and every show starts out with the same narration by the main character "It's 1980-something......" but doesn't tell you the exact year due to incosistencies in the timeline with respect to past episodes and the ages of the characters. But the timeline is all over the place from week to week. By using memory, history and references, you can figure out a particular story in one episode takes place in 1982 and then the next week's episode, it could be 1989. Yet the characters are the same age.

    The Goldbergs' spinoff Schooled which, by the way, just got cancelled, was guilty of the same thing but set in the '90s.
     
  5. sons of nothing

    sons of nothing Forum Resident

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    TV makes men look 10 years older?
     
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  6. dmiller458

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    Sergeant York (1941)
    Gary Cooper was 40, his love interest Joan Leslie was 16.
     
  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Stewart was no spring chicken in Vertigo, his character had a fetish and terribly obsessed.
     
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  8. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

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  9. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

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    Maybe because women seemed to age very quickly they had to use young women as love interests for men of advancing years in the movies in the 1940s / 1950s. Usually the men wore wigs hairpieces.
     
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  10. All Down The Line

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    Your comment was even more apt than intended!
     
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  11. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Nature of the thread theme I guess.
     
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  12. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Bogart was a few years older than Bacall.:)
     
  13. eric777

    eric777 Astral Projectionist

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    This could be true. I personally think it was just how they viewed things at the time. They wanted an older and more mature looking male to pair off with a young and pretty female.
     
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  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Ha ha - good one!

    In the early scenes, the kid who plays William was 11 during the shoot, and the girl who plays Murron was 6.

    Once they "grow up", Gibson was 38 and Catherine McCormack was 22! :yikes:

    The real William Wallace was supposedly 35 when he died, so Mel wasn't far off for the late parts of the movie.

    I remember my Dad and I argued about Mel's age when the movie came out, though. Dad thought Gibson was around 50!

    In those days before the Internet had everything you wanted, I had to show him a magazine interview from the era to prove him wrong! :D
     
  15. Sneaky Pete

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    Wow I never knew that, it is not commonly known. I had a great teacher in art school who had been brought before Joe McCarthy and the HUAC because he was a Communist for a short time during the depression. Of course he had gone on to serve with honors during WWII but it was all about political theater. Tragic
     
  16. Sneaky Pete

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    It is for the comic effect, he is a buffoon. Likewise the smart, slim, attractive wife also adds comedic contrast.

    It is comedy, I would only think it was anti-male if every man was shown to be an imbecile or a tyrant, and all the women were portrayed as Saints.

    Humor requires exaggeration. Incidentally Ralph is beloved and are Homer, Fred Flintstone, Doug Hefernon, and even Peter Griffin. Loveable losers.
     
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  17. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Good role models for older single males in society.
     
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  18. hbbfam

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    Rodney Dangerfield had a routine "how often do you see a fat, ugly, bald guy with a beautiful girl? You never see that."
    Tried to find the bit on youtube.
     
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  19. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

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    From reading the comments.........I would never recommend the film "Harold And Maude" to any of you chaps.
     
  20. All Down The Line

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    I dig it!
     
  21. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Or Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

    And how did Barney score a babe like Betty anyway?

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  22. Well...in the last couple of seasons she had put on quite a bit of weight.
     
  23. Efus

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    Face it, Don Knotts knew he was a sex bomb....

     
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  24. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

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    Stockard Channing was in her 30s when playing a high school student in Grease.

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  25. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Like I don't understand why its so hard to write the word people.
     
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