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Too old for this sh*t: aged action heroes, affect, and “the economy of exertion”.

Lennart Soberon (UGent)
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This article discusses how old age aligns with ideals of hegemonic masculinity and generic conventions of the action film through the performance of strenuous heroics. Whereas it is commonly assumed that action films omit many characteristics which reference the geriaction hero’s age in order to safeguard his masculine status, aspects of age and aging are in many contexts instead emphasized. The ailments and efforts that come with old age provide a potent source of melodramatic scenarios that set up the action hero as a morally right victim in pursuit of heroic restoration. Using the films: The Last Stand, 3 Days to Kill, and Taken 3, an illustration is offered of how action films engage their heroes in an economy of exertive situations to draw power from this victimization and frame the violent actions of the characters as pleasurable.
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Affect, violence, victimhood, masculinity, melodrama, strenuous life

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Soberon, Lennart. “Too Old for This Sh*t: Aged Action Heroes, Affect, and ‘the Economy of Exertion’.” Journal of Popular Film & Television, Taylor & Francis, 2021.
APA
Soberon, L. (2021). Too old for this sh*t: aged action heroes, affect, and “the economy of exertion”. Journal of Popular Film & Television.
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Soberon, Lennart. 2021. “Too Old for This Sh*t: Aged Action Heroes, Affect, and ‘the Economy of Exertion’.” Journal of Popular Film & Television.
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Soberon, Lennart. 2021. “Too Old for This Sh*t: Aged Action Heroes, Affect, and ‘the Economy of Exertion’.” Journal of Popular Film & Television.
Vancouver
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Soberon L. Too old for this sh*t: aged action heroes, affect, and “the economy of exertion”. Journal of Popular Film & Television. 2021;
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L. Soberon, “Too old for this sh*t: aged action heroes, affect, and ‘the economy of exertion’.,” Journal of Popular Film & Television, 2021.
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  author       = {Soberon, Lennart},
  issn         = {0195-6051},
  journal      = {Journal of Popular Film & Television},
  keywords     = {Affect,violence,victimhood,masculinity,melodrama,strenuous life},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {27},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  title        = {Too old for this sh*t: aged action heroes, affect, and “the economy of exertion”.},
  year         = {2021},
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