Oscar nominee PETER O'TOOLE has criticised Hollywood actresses for their "vacant" personas, comparing them to "unlit lampposts".
The veteran actor stars alongside British newcomer JODIE WHITTAKER in new movie VENUS, and has lavished praised on his young co-star.
But O'Toole believes the majority of Tinseltown beauties are incapable of having any real depth of character - and would have struggled to fill Whittaker's shoes.
He says, "You look into their eyes and there's no one at home.
"Oh God help us! It's like looking at an unlit lamppost."
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.