Maggie Smith has berated Hollywood for catering only to younger cinemagoers, claiming studios should stop treating audiences “as if they were five years old”.
Speaking at a press conference to promote Quartet, which is set in a retirement home for opera singers, the 77-year-old star of the Harry Potter films and TV show Downton Abbey said she hoped more films for older people would begin to be made to cater for shifting population demographics.
“It seems to me there is a change in what audiences want to see,” she said. “I can only hope that’s correct, because there’s an awful lot of people of my age around now and we outnumber the others.
“I don’t think films about elderly people have been made very much. But I think of [films like] Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy and they always seem to be fairly successful, so it’s a bit baffling as to why everybody has to be treated as if they were five years old.”
Earlier this year, Smith starred with Judi Dench in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a film about British retirees travelling to India that made an impressive m at the global box office on a budget of just m. “I think it’s because a lot of grownups would like films for grownups and about grownups,” she said of the movie’s success.
Quartet, which is directed by feature film-making debutant Dustin Hoffman and also stars Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly, premiered at the Toronto film festival in September, before enjoying a gala at the London film festival yesterday. Based on Ronald Harwood’s play, it is due to arrive in US cinemas on 28 December and in the UK on 4 January.
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