Easy for you to say, George! Clooney urges men to embrace their age instead of "trying to fight it"

Published May 27th, 2015 - 11:45 GMT
Clooney argued that people should accept their options: ‘get older, or die’. (UOL)
Clooney argued that people should accept their options: ‘get older, or die’. (UOL)

George Clooney has warned men to stay away from the cosmetic scalpel and hair dye and stop ‘trying to fight’ ageing

The 54-year-old actor admitted "there is nothing fun” about ageing in Hollywood, where actors are offered fewer and often lesser roles later in life.

Attempting to hold onto youthful looks actually makes men look older, the actor said, but he argued that people should accept their options: ‘get older, or die’.

‘I think for all of us, you have to come to terms with getting older and not trying to fight it,’ he said, when interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

‘You have a couple of options, which is get older, or die. And so you have to get used to the idea that your roles in films and who you are and how you’re perceived is going to change. That will disappoint people at times.’

George, who beat Johnny Depp and Daniel Craig to be voted the world’s top Man Ageing Gracefully last year, denied he had ever been tempted by a nip or tuck, or to dye his grey hair.

‘Clearly I haven’t. For me it’s never been an issue or an option,’ he told Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour. .

‘I don’t think it would make much sense, quite honestly. I’ve seen it happen and particularly on men I don’t think it really works. I think it actually makes you look older.

‘I’m a big believer in the idea that you can’t try to look younger. You just have to look the best you can at the age you are and not worry about it.’

George plays a “55-year-old has-been” in his new film, Tomorrowland - a part that filmmaker Brad Bird wrote particularly for him.

The actor was 53 when he read the part and said yesterday: ‘I thought “Thanks, you thought of me did you?”’.

Clooney recognised that ageing “is infinitely worse” for actresses because of studios’ prejudices.

He also welcomed moves within the industry to discuss pay equality, saying that it was “probably the only good thing that came out of the Sony hack – which I think was an abomination for the most part”.

Clooney said: ‘The one good thing that has come out of it is the conversation in very liberal Hollywood that women aren’t being paid the same. 

'I think there are 15 female directors in town. I think it’s a very good conversation they’re starting to have.’

But the star described himself as ‘an optimist’ and praised his ‘very strong and clever’ wife Amal.

Amal Clooney, 37, is a high-profile human rights barrister who is currently advising the Greek government on seeking the return of the 5th century BC Elgin Marbles from Britain.

But Clooney denied that he and his wife were a ‘power couple’.

‘Bill and Hilary (Clinton) seems to be a power couple. I think we’re just a couple with great interest in the human condition. I don’t think of it as particularly powerful, I just think of it as our responsibility as people on the planet,’ he said.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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