Elizabeth says sorry to Steven Spielberg
Actor-filmmaker Elizabeth Banks (right), who condemned Steven Spielberg (below right) for lack of female leads in his movies, has apologised to the filmmaker. Banks received flak on social media for the remarks, which she made when accepting Women in Film’s Excellence in Film Award on June 13, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“I’ve seen 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,” she said, before adding,“Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your a**, out but it’s true.” The quote went viral on Twitter, with people pointing out that Banks seemed to forget that Spielberg directed 1985’s iconic female-driven film The Color Purple.
On Thursday, she and director issued an apology through an Instagram and Twitter post. “I messed up. When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I take responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry,” wrote Banks. “When I made the comments, I was thinking of his recent films. It wasn’t my intention to dismiss the import of the iconic The Color Purple,” she said.