Emma Thompson jokes that for the role of her romantic interest she would have to “exhume someone”

In ‘Love Actually’, a film that many will have fresh since it has become a Christmas classic, Emma Thompson played one of the halves of that romantic orange that she shared with Alan Rickman. The two were a beautiful couple who looked similar in age. Despite this, when that film signed by Richard Curtis was released, Emma was more than 10 years younger than her romantic interest. This is just one example of the dynamics that this actress has wanted to expose so conspicuously that in her next film she has managed to reverse the roles.

Emma jokes that any day a romantic interest just risen from the grave will be planted, because it is common in the film industry for a male interpreter to star in love stories with a woman younger than him, but on the contrary, there are not so many opportunities. Opportunities like the one that has just been presented to this actress who in her next film, ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’, plays a widowed teacher who sleeps with a sex worker much younger than her.

Thompson, speaking with the CultureBlast podcast via Yahoo Movies, starts by contextualizing the matter through one of the scenes from the aforementioned tape. “It’s very interesting with this woman I’m about to play because the young man says, ‘You’re perfectly attractive, why can’t you find another boy?’ And she replies: ‘Because the only people willing to sleep with me are my age, and I want to sleep with someone younger than me’.

The socially accepted

“I’ve never heard a woman say that on screen. With men, it’s completely acceptable. It’s completely acceptable for George Clooney, who is charming, to have an affair with someone 30 years his junior. But if I had to have an actor in front of me playing my love interest, someone would have to be exhumed, because I’m already 61 years old. See what I mean? He is totally and absolutely unbalanced. “.

“If ‘Leo Grande’, the film we are producing, reaches people and viewers they are not reluctant to see a 61 year old mostly naked [Thompson] with a much younger person, it will be very interesting. We have to remain brave in this regard. “.