13:51 29 August 2012
Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine has criticised Hollywood for failing to make enough films that cater to older people.
The star, now 76, said she is now ‘in sync with an audience of senior citizens’ and will be making four films for the older viewers this year.
In a Radio Times interview, MacLaine said: “They have no movies made for them. How many times can you see Batman?”
She accused movie makers of choosing ‘profit over vision’, saying: “Things are done according to money these days.”
MacLaine’s interview came after she officially joined the cast of ITV1’s hit drama ‘Downton Abbey’, where she was cast in the role of Martha Levinson, mother of Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham.
Producers of the show, which is set in the 1920s, have described Martha as a ‘wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess’, as reported by the BBC.
MacLaine however, revealed she had not heard of the show when she was asked to play the role of Martha, but that she quickly became hooked.
“I got so interested I dropped out of sight for a couple of weeks watching ever show,” as quoted by the BBC.
The actress is expected to be visiting the UK in order to attend her granddaughter Lady Mary’s wedding to Matthew Crawley.
‘Downton Abbey’ will be back in autumn for its third series, and has been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards.
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