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Leading Men Age, But Their Love Interests Don't

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 26, 2013 at 4:24PM

Vulture's Kyle Buchanan published an amusing yet disturbing feature charting the age difference between A-list leading actors and their female romantic counterparts. Among the actors scrutinized were Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and George Clooney.
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Vulture's Kyle Buchanan has posted an amusing yet disturbing feature charting the age difference between A-list leading actors and their female romantic counterparts. Among the actors scrutinized were Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and George Clooney, whose collective onscreen May-December romances reveal that as these leading men get older, their love interests get younger.

It seems like time and time again, male movie stars are allowed to age into their forties, fifties, and even sixties while the ages of their female love interests remain firmly on one side of the big 4-0, but is this a perception borne out of reality? To find out for sure, Vulture has analyzed the data of ten middle-aged leading men and the ages of the women they've wooed onscreen.

Excerpted below is a sample of one such graph, in which you will see that 60-year-old Liam Neeson's love interests have become much younger over time, namely Olivia Wilde (29) in the upcoming "Third Person." See the full article here.

Vulture Liam Neeson

This article is related to: Olga Kurylenko, Tom Cruise, Oblivion, Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Liam Neeson


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.