The average best supporting actor is 50, while the average best supporting actress is 40.” This only reinforces the idea that being a young, beautiful object of desire as an actor is antithetical to more acclaimed roles.
At 44, Law is still attractive, but not in the near-perfect way he was in his youth.
An intelligent actress can use her looks in a way that enriches her work, rather than depending on or trying to downplay them.
It’s actors, though, who are often more vocal about the struggles of being an object of sexual desire while trying to carve out a fulfilling career.
In contrast, actors historically are given better parts and awarded as they age out of their ingenue phases.
The Washington Post did a study on the age dynamics at play for men and women at the Academy Awards, writing, “The average age of best actor winners was 44, compared to the best actress average of 36.
His expression here lands somewhere between resolve and deep interest.
He also has three children from his previous marriage to Sadie Frost, whom he divorced in 2003.
It alludes to the idea that, at the start of his career, Law was lovely to look at, but offered little beyond leading-man good looks.
This isn’t to say Law has never been praised or awarded, especially in his early career, when his beauty was at its peak.
As the titular figure in The Young Pope, Law’s American-born Pope (real name: Lenny Belardo) is vaulted to the position thanks to much-mentioned but never fully explained manipulation.
He isn’t just unorthodox, complicated, and dangerous in the way that has come to be expected of so-called antiheroes in lush TV productions.