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Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps

Hollywood is the land of make believe – we understand that, we like suspending disbelief. It feels good. But sometimes we’re convinced that the denizens of Tinseltown have a shaky grasp on reality.

Only in La-La Land does a mother being only nine years older than her son pass without comment. You think we’re kidding? Get a load of these film and TV age discrepancies…

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(Images: All Star, Rex Features)

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps

    Angelina Jolie & Colin Farrell

    Film: Alexander

    Year: 2004

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Jolie - 29; Farrell - 28

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 1

    Anne Bancroft & Katharine Ross

    Film: The Graduate

    Year: 1967

    Relationship: Mother and daughter

    Age at film's release: Bancroft- 36; Ross- 27

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 2

    Gretchen Mol & Michael Pitt

    TV show: Boardwalk Empire

    Year: 2010

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Mol - 37; Pitt - 29

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 3

    Mary Steenburgen & Will Ferrell

    Film: Step Brothers

    Year: 2008

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Steenburgen - 55; Farrell - 41

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 4

    Sean Connery & Harrison Ford

    Film: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

    Year: 1989

    Relationship: Father and son

    Age at film's release: Connery- 58; Ford- 46

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 5

    Heath Ledger & Kate Mara

    Film: Brokeback Mountain

    Year: 2005

    Relationship: Father and daughter

    Age at film's release: Ledger - 26; Mara - 22

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 6

    Jessie Royce Landis & Cary Grant

    Film: North By Northwest

    Year: 1959

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Royce Landis - 62; Grant - 55

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 7

    Eileen Herlie & Laurence Olivier

    Film: Hamlet

    Year: 1948

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Herlie - 30; Olivier - 40

    (We realise this obviously ridiculous discrepancy is to highlight the Oedipal themes inherent in the Bard's tale, but even so)

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 8

    Amy Poehler & Rachel McAdams

    Film: Mean Girls

    Year: 2004

    Relationship: Mother and daughter

    Age at film's release: Poehler - 32; McAdams - 25

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 9

    Angela Lansbury & Laurence Harvey

    Film: The Manchurian Candidate

    Year: 1962

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Lansbury - 37; Harvey - 34

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 10

    Ernest Borgnine & Kirk Douglas

    Film: The Vikings

    Year: 1958

    Relationship: Father and son

    Age at film's release: Borgnine - 41; Douglas - 41

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 11

    Marlon Brando & John Cazale

    Film: The Godfather

    Year: 1972

    Relationship: Father and son

    Age at film's release: Brando - 47; Cazale - 36

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 12

    Sally Field & Tom Hanks

    Film: Forrest Gump

    Year: 1994

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Field - 47; Hanks - 37

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 13

    Maria Bello & Ashton Holmes

    Film: A History Of Violence

    Year: 2005

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Bello - 38; Holmes - 27

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 14

    Laurence Fishburne & Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Film: Boyz n the Hood

    Year: 1991

    Relationship: Father and son

    Age at film's release: Fishburne - 30; Gooding Jr. - 23

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 15

    Drew Barrymore & Adam Garcia

    Film: Riding In Cars With Boys

    Year: 2001

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Barrymore - 26; Garcia - 28

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 16

    Sean Connery & Dustin Hoffman

    Film: Family Business

    Year: 1990

    Relationship: Father and son

    Age at film's release: Connery - 59; Hoffman- 52

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 17

    Jennifer Coolidge & Seann William Scott

    Film: American Pie

    Year: 1999

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Coolidge - 37; Scott - 22

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 18

    Melissa Leo & Mark Wahlberg

    Film: The Fighter

    Year: 2010

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Leo - 50; Wahlberg - 39

  • Unrealistic Hollywood Age Gaps 19

    Julia Roberts & Ryan Reynolds

    Film: Fireflies In The Garden

    Year: 2008

    Relationship: Mother and son

    Age at film's release: Roberts - 40; Reynolds - 31

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