If you want to see people of an older generation delighting the public and continuing in their chosen career, look no further than your local cinema. Over the last decade, many of the world’s top movies have featured older actors and this proves that age should never be a barrier for what you love doing.
Whatever your profession, you should not be discriminated against because of your age. Below we look at five films which were proud to hire older actors and actresses.
1. Philomena (2014)
The doyenne of stage and screen, Judi Dench stars in this 2014 Oscar nominated movie. At a modest 79 years, Ms Dench still brings spark and vigour to the role and was an excellent choice for Steve Coogan’s extraordinary film.
2. The Hobbit (2012 -2014)
It’s hard to believe that the twinkle eyed Sir Ian Mckellen is 74. This internationally famous actor is known for both his stage and TV work and his recent portrayal of the wizard Gandalf in the very popular Hobbit franchise helped to contribute to the popularity of the films across all generations.
3. Trouble with the Curve (2012)
If you love sports movies, then the fact that 83-year-old Clint Eastwood is the star of this film is an added bonus. The film was released in 2012 to critical acclaim and traces the journey of a sports coach who is deemed ‘too old’ to go on the road by well-meaning friends and employers. This film is as much about the bond between fathers and their daughters as it is about baseball.
4. Midnight in Paris (2011)
65-year-old Kathy Bates portrays the 1920s American writer, Gertrude Stein, in this wonderful fantasy film. Many will be familiar with Ms Bates’ work from the TV series Harry’s Law as well as her many film appearances dating back to 1971.
The film grossed over $56 million at the US box office and has often been described as one of the best romantic comedies in recent years.
5. The King’s Speech (2010)
Starring Michael Gambon and Geoffrey Rush among others, this 2010 film centred on the story of the late King George 6th and the problems he had to face as a result of his speech impediment.
Gambon, age 73, plays the austere George 5th, the insular and stern father who may have been partly responsible for his son’s painful shyness, while Rush, age 62, stars as the enlightened speech therapist who helps the young George conquer his problems.
Making the most of your retirement
If you’re in a similar age-bracket to the stars mentioned above then why not follow in their footsteps and make the most of your retirement? Whether you take the trip of a lifetime, enjoy an activity you’ve always dreamt of doing, or simply look for homes for sale in a new location, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your retirement and show the world that age is nothing but a number.