Ahead of turning 63 on June , he said: ‘My birthday is a touchy subject. I’m going to be 63 — nobody wants to be 63! I’m getting old.
‘What I want more than anything is for it to be ignored. I just hate it and it makes me feel vulnerable. It’s such a private thing — the day you were born, the day you came out of your mother’s womb.
‘Some people hire a boat and do grand things like that, but I just get embarrassed about that sort of celebration and attention.’
What exactly is 63 supposed to look like?
Does anyone know?
As far as Hollywood is concerned, a 63-year-old actor is supposed to be fit, muscular, dashing…and yes, sexy.
A lot of this is projection, as many industry people are themselves middle age…and beyond.
But in the end it just gets down to pandering to a massive Baby Boomer market in denial.
This aside, how do a very select few 63-year-old men manage to maintain extraordinary levels of youthfulness?
1] Intense physical fitness regimens
2] Balanced diets
3] Low stress
4] Regular testosterone injections
5] Plastic surgery
6] Perfect styling
7] Flattering light
8] A willing suspension of disbelief on the part of audiences
9] Money and power
10] Dying famous at age 27.
Nobody wins this war.
We can be in spectacular shape at 63, but we’re still 63 no matter how imaginatively anyone spins it.
This is a particularly tough pill to swallow for older men of health and means.
They can afford to travel, dine at 5-star establishments, buy expensive toys, and date beautiful young men and women.
But the problem is that they have very little time to do it before the other show drops.
Think older man’s version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for adults and this begins to make sense.
This is why denial is my generation’s crucible.