I was recently watching a show called Married on Hulu. Good show, but something really bugged me about it. We're introduced to a character named Jess. She's in her early 30s.
When we first meet her, she's hanging out in a bar with her friends. She constantly complains about her "old" husband, who never likes to go out, goes to bed at some ridiculously early hour every night, and has to have his pills laid out for him. I'm picturing this:
Do you know what this "old guy" looks like? This:
After I got over my excitement that Paul Reiser was in something again, I thought...
Paul Reiser isn't some old geezer who has to have his medicine laid out for him. Is he?
I looked it up. He's 58. So not even a candidate for retirement, let alone "old geezer" status. I spent so much of my 20s watching this show...
...that it's hard for me to see the guy from that 90s show as some old geezer. Ever. Same with Community trying to sell Chevy Chase as the senile, tech-challenged old guy in your college classes.
My generation will always see him like this:
It's all about perspective. A teenager watching Married or Community would have no problem seeing the above-mentioned stars as "old geezers." A senior citizen would laugh at the idea of calling 58-year-old Paul Reiser "old." And of course, aging in Hollywood is even worse for women. Do you know Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told she was too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man in a movie? She's 37.
Have you ever been shocked by seeing a favorite movie star has gotten older?