Much like some asshole midlife crisis jerk leaving his first wife for a 20-year-old trophy, Hollywood considers you an old hag only fit to play someone’s decrepit, cobwebbed aunt in a retirement community once you clear 35. Case in point – Charlize Theron being offered the role of Wonder Woman’s mom. She’s 43. Wonder Woman’s portrayer Gal Gadot is 34. Wait, what?
People reports that Charlize was on, where else, Andy Cohen’s What What Happens Live when a caller asked her if it was true she was offered the role of Wonder Woman. Not quite.
“I did not turn the role of Wonder Woman down,” Theron clarified, before asking Cohen if she has time to tell the story.
No, she actually turned down the role of Wonder Woman’s Amazon mother Hippolyta. Think of this. If she had taken the role and they had gone by the actresses’ true ages, Hippolyta would have had Diana when she was nine. No thank you.
“This is a great of example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face once you start aging,” she continued. “So somebody had said to me, ‘Oh, there’s action on this thing, Wonder Woman, we just want to make you aware of it.’ And I was like, ‘I’m just not familiar with it, what does Wonder Woman do?’ And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’ “
What, bitch? Did you not see Charlize in that staircase scene in Atomic Blonde? She could pulverize Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman (and Robin), Aquaman and even goddamn Matter-Eater Lad and not break a sweat. Charlize probably didn’t respond with that nerd rundown but it was obviously sobering for her.
After assuring she was “fine” once host Cohen looked upset for her, the actress added that it served as “the defining moment where I crossed over and I wasn’t fully aware of it.”
The role eventually went to Connie Nielsen who is 53.
When even one of the most flawless women in Hollywood is already being passed over for ovums on the come-up, you know there’s a societal problem. Gal Gadot better watch her metallic mini-skirted ass. By the third Wonder Woman movie the producers could consider her aged out and she’ll be forced to play the mother while some 19-year-old is the new Wonder Woman. “Uh, some villain de-aged her in a nefarious plot to take over the world. Yeah, that’s it.” – Wonder Woman 3’s male producers.