Elizabeth Banks Calls Out Steven Spielberg: 'He’s Never Made A Movie With A Female Lead'
While speaking earlier this week at the 2017 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Elizabeth Banks called out Steven Spielberg for not casting enough women leads in his films.
"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," Banks said. "Sorry, Steven. I don't mean to call your ass out but it's true."
Bank's comments surprised audience members and her fans. People all over social media quickly responded and pointed out that there were three female leads out of Spielberg's 30 films.
Films such as The Color Purple, The Sugerland Express and The BFG all had female leads.
Spielberg is set to add a fourth film featuring a female lead in The Papers, which will star Meryl Streep and debut in 2018.
Although there are those who have been criticizing Banks for her inaccuracy, her thoughts have opened an important discussion.
Big name Hollywood directors have been shying away from casting female leads. The lack of diversity has become unsettling for many girls hoping to star in movies.
"Buy a f---ing ticket to a movie with a woman, take them, give them the experience of seeing amazing women on film," Banks went on the say at the event.
Banks was awarded a top honor of the night in the Crystal Award, which is given to women who have improved the positioning of women in the film industry.