'Poms' Star Jacki Weaver Responds to Anjelica Huston's 'Old-Lady Cheerleader Movie' Comments

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Jacki Weaver has no time for the haters.

The 71-year-old actress, who stars as cheerleader Sheryl in the upcoming movie Poms, called out Anjelica Huston on Friday for the "mean and petty" comments she recently made about the film. Directed by Zara Hayes, Poms is described as comedy about a group of elder women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community.

It all started earlier this week when Huston was asked about her role in John Wick: Chapter 3 in an interview with Vulture

"I'm looking for movies that impress me in some way, that aren't apologetically humble or humiliating like, 'Band of cheerleaders gets back together for one last hurrah,'" Huston, 67, said. "An old-lady cheerleader movie. I don't like that kind of thing. If I'm going to be an old lady — and I'm sort of touching old lady these days — at least I want to be a special old lady. I don't want to be relegated to some has-been making a comeback. I hate comebacks."

Weaver was conveniently interviewed by Vanity Fair one day later, and was asked what she thought of Huston's remarks.

"Didn't she grow up in a castle in Ireland? I can't see her cheerleading," she said, referencing Huston's upbringing in Ireland with her famous father, filmmaker John Huston. "But then, I grew up in Australia, where there is just no cheerleading culture. I think the most interesting acting happens outside your comfort zone."

"I just laughed," added Weaver. "And then I said, 'Well, she can go f**k herself.' I was kind of disappointed. I had always been an admirer of Anjelica. And I thought, 'That’s a bit mean and petty.' I would say she must be going through menopause, but she must have had that ages ago."

Weaver continued on, arguing that "ageism" is a real problem in our society and in the film industry.

"A lot of it comes from the ages. People are people. Some of us got here sooner than others," she explained. "A lot of my close friends are in their thirties. Except for the creakiness in your bones, I don't think there is really that much difference between us when we really get to know each other."

Preach, sister!

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