Jun 06 2011
I was watching the movie Swingers the other day and couldn’t help love that scene when Vince Vaughn is describing an audition he has for a part that he felt he nailed. At the time Vaughn was in his 20s and the role he auditioned for was for an eleven-year-old. It was a hilarious scene but even more weird is the fact that this goes on in Hollywood all the time.
I mean look at guys like Tom Cruise who are forever young. I mean he’s still playing roles of guys that should be in their 20s. Anyway, I felt it would be fun to mention five actors who played parts that were way too young for their ages…..
Barbra Streisand – Yentl
She was 41 years old at the time and played a 17-year-old. In a similar light Whoopi Goldberg was 29 when she played Celie in The Color Purple. Celie was only 14. But Streisand, really? Funny because people didn’t really make too big a deal out of it. I guess when you look back on it now it’s pretty ridiculous.
Stockard Channing – Grease
She was 33 at the time and played a 17-year-old. I’m sorry but how in the hell can this pass for a high school girl? To Channing’s defense the youngest person in the cast to play a high school was 27 so I guess it was OK. This is kind of like Beverly Hills 90210 before the show even began.
Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
She was 32 years old when she played 18-year-old Holly Golightly in the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Of all the people on this list Hepburn looked the youngest. As I mentioned Tom Cruise before, I feel like Hepburn could have played a teen into her 40′s. And easily a person in her 20s into her 50s. Some people just have that face.
Leslie Howard – Romeo and Juliet
Guy was 43 when he played a 15-year-old Romeo. This one is a little bit over the top wouldn’t you say? Hell this guy could have been the father to Romeo let alone playing him. Howard also played a 28-year-old when he was 46.
John Mills – Great Expectations
He was 38 when he played Pip who was a 20-year-old. This guy just does not look 20. I’m sorry.
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