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Emma Thompson On Sexism In Hollywood: 'I Think It's Completely S*** Actually'

21/07/2015 09:54 BST | Updated 20/07/2016 10:59 BST

Actress Emma Thompson has spoken out about ageism and the lack of opportunities for women in the acting industry, and has revealed that “sexism and unpleasantness” is worse than ever.

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Speaking to the Radio Times, the 56-year-old said of the current status quo: "I think it's still completely shit, actually.

"I don't think there's any appreciable improvement and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young.

"So, no, I am not impressed, at all."

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The Oscar-winning actress' latest role sees her playing a 77-year-old prostitute in 'The Legend Of Barney Thomson'.

In the film directed by and also starring Robert Carlyle, her role sees Thompson don prosthetics to age her substantially.

Carlyle said he wanted Thompson for the role as he needed an actress "who wasn't going to show any vanity".

Of her transformation, she said: "People often want to hear some tremendously banal thing like 'Oh my God, it is just so awful looking at myself.' 

"But I can't offer up anything like that. You are creating a character. It is not you anymore, it is a character that you can then inhabit."

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