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Jessica Chastain Calls Out Russell Crowe for His Comments About Actresses Over 40

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According to Jessica Chastain, Russell Crowe simply doesn’t get it.

The 37-year-old actress blasted the Australian actor for controversial comments he made last month when he declared that female actresses over 40 have just the same opportunities as men the same age or older.

“I think he’s getting his foot stuck in his mouth,” Chastain bluntly told reporters Tuesday at the National Board of Review awards gala in New York City, before picking up a best supporting actress award for her role in A Most Violent Year.

Crowe, 50, drew criticism for comments he made to The Australian Women’s Weekly in December, telling the magazine, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old.”

“If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor,” he added. “If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”

Chastain, meanwhile, firmly disagrees.

“I think there are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in films,” said Chastain. “And for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age – they’re not going to the movies enough.”