'Poms' star Jacki Weaver responds to Anjelica Huston's 'old-lady cheerleader movie' comments

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.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: attends NRDC Night of Comedy event on April 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Anjelica Huston attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Anjelica Huston speaks onstage at the UCLA IoES honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Gerard Butler, Anjelica Huston and Rebecca De Mornay attend the UCLA IoES honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Rebecca De Mornay and Anjelica Huston arrive at the Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Anjelica Huston attends the UCLA IoES honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Anjelica Huston attends Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Live At The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Music Center)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actors James Jagger (L) and Anjelica Huston attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Danny Huston (L) and Anjelica Huston attend NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER partner with Letters Live on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Anjelica Huston attends NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER partner with Letters Live on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER)
VERNON, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Anjelica Huston attends Mr Chow 50 Years on February 16, 2018 in Vernon, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Mr Chow Enterprises )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Anjelica Huston donates her old fur coats to PETA so that they can be recycled and cut into bedding for orphaned wildlife at PETA's Bob Barker Building on January 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Anjelica Huston donates her old fur coats to PETA so that they can be recycled and cut into bedding for orphaned wildlife at PETA's Bob Barker Building on January 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Founder and Principal, Adjaye Associates David Adjaye and actor Anjelica Huston speak onstage during Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actress Anjelica Huston (R) and niece, Stella attend the Oceana And The Walden Woods Project Present: Rock Under The Stars With Don Henley And Friends at Private Residence on July 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
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"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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