In her review of "Australia," Salon critic Stephanie Zacharek could not help pointing out the obvious about star Nicole Kidman: "What about that forehead?" she wrote. "The colleague next to me asked me what I thought it was made of. I said it might be Melamine -- whatever it is, you could break an egg against it with no trouble. "
Kidman is an actress of no small gifts, but it was that immovable forehead, that swath of skin dive-bombed by botox, that stole the show. This topic is nothing new in Hollywood, of course. But it's always interesting when actresses choose to speak out about it -- whether to own up to their own nips and tucks or to try to sandbag the idea that squirting poison between your eyes is an A-list job requirement. And so we have Rachel Weisz -- Oscar-winning star of "The Constant Gardener," partner to director Darren Aronofsky (love her, by the way) -- recently speaking out against the practice in an interview with Harper's Bazaar UK (the interview has been picked up by gossip sites but has yet to go online):
"It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen ... Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?"
Wiesz is a healthy 38, by the way. And she can rock a pair of those over-the-knee "hooker boots." But I digress. Should we ban botox? Or just, you know, strongly discourage it? Regardless, we've said before, we'll say again: It's supremely sucky when an actress, trying so desperately to keep herself in the game, robs herself of the expressiveness that got her there in the first place.