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'Red' is the latest example of older actors refusing to go down without a fight ... in fact, they welcome it!By David WalkerSpecial to MSN MoviesIn a culture that has long been obsessed with youth and remaining young, one of the biggest transgressions an actor can commit is growing old. Actors have long fought to maintain a hold of their youthful looks, and thereby prolong their careers, even when it's pretty obvious they're getting long in the tooth. But sooner or later, actors must face the fact that they have grown old. And occasionally, as in the case of the upcoming film "Red," aging actors let go of the youth that has passed them by, openly embracing getting older. Bruce Willis stars in "Red" as a former CIA agent who teams with members of his old crew -- Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich -- for one last mission. The collective age of the lead actors in "Red" is 240 years old, and represents ever-aging baby boomers who are not yet ready to step aside for a younger generation, even in the role of the action hero blowing things up. A great example of this is the "The Expendables," which proved earlier this year that being old doesn't make you any less of a badass. Here is a selection of films featuring actors who have refused to let getting old stand in the way of playing the hero (or in some cases the villain).
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