The actress, 70, has been vocal in the past about how difficult the industry is for women but she pointed out how men don’t get it easy either.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, she said: ‘It’s absolutely incredible. They all have to have these ridiculous bodies now that are completely unrealistic.
‘And it’s very hard to find a male actor with a real body. They all have to be in the gym for three or four hours a day. Tedious. Awful.’
Mirren also spoke about the ‘profound’ sexism of the film industry with actresses hired based on how sexy they are rather than their talent. She told The Guardian: ‘There is profound sexism – the “Would you fuck her?” kind of attitude.
‘On the cinema screen, your face is 10ft high and 6ft wide. It’s huge. And I, as a cinemagoer, like to see beautiful faces up there – it’s a pleasure. But there’s also story and entertainment, and one wants variety in that.
‘You also want, as an audience member, to see people that you recognise and can identify with.’
But the actress added that change needed to come in real life first before it was reflected on screen. ‘When roles for women in real life change, then you will see change in the film industry.
‘If we happen to see a [female] president of the United States, and a world expert on marine biology comes on television and it’s a woman, or the female head of a petroleum company on the news.’
It's the trend now apparently, for men to shave all hair off, arm hair, chest hair, facial hair etc.
Hi Deyana, I, like Helen Mirren, prefer normal looking men that are toned, but not with muscles rippling all over the place through body building exercises. I think it looks horrible. I don't mind a little hair in all the right places.