Elizabeth Banks calls out Steven Spielberg for too few female roles

Elizabeth Banks
Actress and director Elizabeth Banks aimed her latest awards speech at veteran director Steven Spielberg, for his lack of female-led movies.

Banks accepted the award for Excellence in Feature Directing at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy awards on Tuesday.

Speaking about the director, Banks explained:

“I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made.”

“And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead.“

“Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

Spielberg has released thirty feature films in the last four decades, with the first being Firelight in 1964.

Since his first release, people have noted that the director has made three movies with females as the lead, The Sugarland Express (1974) with Goldie Hawn, 1985’s The Color Purple with Whoopi Goldberg and The BFG in 2016.

However, with only three movies with female-leads spanning his career of four decades, Spielberg’s filmography lends to Banks’ argument.

The Pitch Perfect 2 director also utilised her platform to offer advice to those wanting to see more women-directed movies.

“Buy a f—— ticket to a movie and take them and give them the experience of seeing amazing women on film.“

“I grew up seeing amazing movies with amazing men and no one had to drag me kicking and screaming,” she added.

A mother of two boys, Banks described her gratitude for her husband Max Handleman, who has helped raise her boys to love and want to see female representation:

“I appreciate that very much in helping me shape them into great little feminists.”

“I get to present an example to them of a working mom who loves what she does,” Banks continued.

“In this room, we are creating culture. We are sending messages out to the world.”

”Those messages matter, and presenting strong, independent women who have agency in TV and film is really important — not just in this room, not just in our culture, but in the global culture.”

The Hunger Games actress concluded:  “Co-opting men and boys into that process is “the only way that progress is going to happen,”

 “We can’t do it by ourselves. We need dudes. We need the guys… It’s our responsibility to bring the men along.”

Spielberg’s upcoming feature The Papers, will star Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham. It will be his first to star an adult woman since 1985.

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