No ‘Ally McBeal’ Movie For ‘Old’ Lucy Liu
The issue of age has been coming up a lot lately in Hollywood, most notably with 51-year-old Michelle Pfeiffer‘s sexy role in Cheri. As I’ve written before, movie producers often deem a woman too old to star in a big movie after they hit a certain age. It’s a sad fact that Hollywood has become so obsessed with youth and beauty that it sacrifices true talent in order to appeal to more teenagers.
That’s why I was so surprised to see that a popular actress recently deemed herself too old for a role. According to WENN, Lucy Liu has been adamantly denying reports that there will be a big screen adaptation of Ally McBeal because the cast has gotten too ripe.
On the show, which ran from 1997 to 2002, Liu portrayed Ling Woo, a feisty nemesis to the title character played by Calista Flockhart. The role made her a star, leading to such high profile projects as Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill. Now that she’s been off the show for seven years, Liu considers herself more mature and has no desire to look back, as this statement clearly shows:
It was something you had in your living room at your home – you watch it in your pajamas eating takeaway food, not in the cinema. I don’t know if anyone would buy a ticket – people would be like: ‘Oh my gosh! These people are old’.
Geez, she’s acting like she’s Bea Arthur from The Golden Girls or something. 40 is the new 80, I guess. Not that I’m particularly excited about the prospect of an Ally movie, but it seems like it could be a big hit, regardless of their age. It certainly didn’t hurt the ticket sales for Sex and the City last summer. And those women were even older.