Monday, July 06, 2015

Paul Reiser Can't Be Old

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?

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?

32 comments:

  1. I'm still waiting for William Shatner to get old. Not sure it's going to happen.
    Sure, I still picture Sean Connery as Bond, a young Bond. And Clint Eastwood is Dirty Harry.
    What stunned me recently was catching an episode of Your Family or Mine. I knew Richard Dreyfus had aged (and not well) but seeing JoBeth Williams old was shocking.

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    1. William Shatner looks like his face has been stretched too far! JoBeth Williams showed up on some TV show I was watching a couple of years ago. She's still beautiful but, yes, SO much older! Especially if you've been watching her 80s movies.

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  2. Its incredible that Maggie was told that. I like how you pictured an old man, but instead found out it was someone completely opposite!

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    1. Sad that the people casting that show probably see him that way!

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  3. What a sad mentality to think that Maggie is to old to play the love interest of a 55 year old man...
    I guess very few have found the "fountain of youth". Only those who died relatively young seem to never age. Elvis never aged.... I'm shock at seeing myself age when I look at not so old pictures of me. My husband seems to age faster than me though.

    Hugs, JB

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    1. Aging is a privilege! Not everyone gets that luxury.

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  4. The most shocking for me is Mickey Rourke. He was so sexy back in the 80's and now he looks just awful.

    I like to be pleasantly surprised by how good some 80's stars still look . . . Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Brooke Shields.

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  5. Now I have the Mad About You theme song/music in my head.

    I just saw online today that Billy Joel is 66. When did that happen?!

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  6. I heard that about Maggie and didn't really understand it.... men of that age actually prefer ladies in their late 30s :)
    I have my dearest Tom Widsom in my today's post and I'd never believe he is above 40... he looks like he is 25......
    I was mostly shocked when I read that Adele and Taylor Swift are just months apart.... Adele looks like she is my age... which is more than ten years older than she really is :) Or, Wenty Miller above 40???? No way....

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  7. I loved Mad About You! I watched it all the time too!
    It is funny how this works. I recently did the same thing with a show I watched and went, wait, they aren't that old are they? Gah! How old does that make me! :P

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  8. I am still in love with Veronica Lake... I better not hear anyone say that 58 is old as they might find how much fight a 58 year old has in them!

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  9. Yes--I was just thinking this the other day when seeing an old soap actor. I'm also highly disturbed that Hollywood sees 58, let alone 37, as old.

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  10. Stars may get older, but their girlfriends/wives stay the same age.

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  11. Some of them really don't age well. But then some just keep on going, Eastwood for one, he's like pushing 100 lol

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  12. This is a fun post which I can totally relate to. I remember watching Paul Reiser, too and enjoyed the show. The person I always think of as looking the same is the very funny Dan Aykroyd. His humor is very infectious! Hugs...

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  13. Keith Richards. Val Kilmer. Carrie Fisher. Shocked at how much they have aged!!

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  14. even when I was a pre teen and into boy bands like BSB and NSync I never understood why my friends referred to Kevin Richardson or Joey Fatone (who were like 25ish at the time) as "old" ...of course at 12/13 we're going to have crushes on 18 yr old Justin Timberlake or Nick Carter, but 25 still seemed young to me. Also it drives my parents nuts too. I recently got hooked on Frasier and my mom started watching it too and in the early eps they talk about the father, Martin, like he's old and helpless. He's only 60ish, the same age as my parents are now. I know he was shot in the hip but he's not "old" and far from "helpless" it's very annoying. The worst is when I watch the Disney channel (which I actually love a lot of the shows on there lol) and anyone past 20 is basically an ancient relic (ironically 85% of actors on Disney playing kids are in their 20s and even 30s)

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  15. I'd be excited to see Paul Reiser in something again but not married to a 30 year old! Pretty sure Helen Hunt would now be considered too old to be his wife. It really bugs me how they pair these older actors with younger and younger women.

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  16. Yes, often. We still think we're young too and then we look at ourselves and go good grief. Age just happens. I just embrace my almost 64 years. I'm having the time of my life and I've got my pill containing loaded and ready.

    Here's a link to just what you've written about here. Cheer Up Girls

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  17. I think what shocks me about favorite actors/actresses being older when seeing them is realizing I am getting older too and if they have changed that much, I have changed that much LOL :)

    betty

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  18. Actors/actresses seem to a better job of aging that most of the musicians from the same eras.

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  19. I am more shocked that we won't let people age. Gracefully or disgracefully. And I shudder to think what is says about our culture when a 37 year old is toooo old for a 55 year old. Hiss and spit.

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  20. I hope Paul Reiser doesn't qualify as "old." He and I are the same age.

    Chevy Chase, on the other hand, looks more and more like Dick Cheney every time I see him.

    I had heard that Maggie Gyllenhaal -- an actress whose performances I've enjoyed whenever I've seen her in a film -- was deemed " too old to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man," and I suppose that only shows the narrow-mindedness of Hollywood where women are concerned.

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  21. I'm still amused at the roles that Henry Winkler has had lately. I've enjoyed his characters on Arrested Development and Parks and Rec, but he'll always be The Fonz to me.

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  22. I think I'm shocked by that all the time. And then the younger ones are just so young. There's a reason they say that youth is wasted on the young.

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  23. I love Mad About You, that's definitely how I picture Paul Reiser! Yeah I heard about the Maggie Gyllenhaal. It's just insane how they want women to look like they're 22 forever!

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  24. Oh my...what kills me is that you have 70 yr old rich idiots marry 25 yr olds because they, well, are getting laid by 25 yr olds. The 25 yr olds are seeing money signs. This happens in Hollywood and rich areas all the time but to say Maggie is too old makes me shake my head. This is not new-Audrey Hepburn, when she was in her 20's was the love interest to Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire and Cary Grant who were all in their 50's. I am shocked when I see Jeff Bridges because I always think of him from the 80's and 90's. I always watched Mad About You and that is one show I don't see as reruns

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  25. I saw the Maggie Gyllenhaal headline the other day and had a moment of 'wtf' :) It doesn't make any sense to me. And kind of creepes me out that this is what our society considers normal, at least in some circles. Old, to me, is my 90 year old grandparents. Younger than that, and there's a lot of wiggle room in the term 'old.'

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  26. Sometimes I see actors I've known onscreen as a kid reappear in something years later. While sometimes it is shocking to see how they've changed, what often interests me is to see how they've grown in their craft.

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  27. Harrison Ford is one of those shockers for me!

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  28. Yes yes yes!
    On the other hand, look at Robert Downey Jr. I pretty much grew up watching him in movies and now he's Ironman! Plus James Spader in the Blacklist and he's Ultron! Marvel has done an amazing job of putting our "old guys" to work with the younger guys and I love it!
    Gahhhh Chevy Chase will always be Fletch to me, and Goldie Hawn is my spirit animal of comedy!
    I guess I'm old. Haha

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  29. I loved Mad About You too! Just this week, I saw Chucky Woolery, the awesomely handsome guy I knew and loved from Love Connection, the other night. OMG!
    MyCajunLife

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