Another thing she wanted to do was make a movie with a protagonist who isn’t exactly sympathetic. Ruth may be mad, but she’s also a murderer, and she takes glee in taking a sharp blade to people she’s never met, or hacking off a poor guy’s member.
“One of my inspirations was ‘Taxi Driver,’” Lowe says. “I’ve long thought about why there are no female ‘Taxi Drivers.’ Why don’t we have loner, maverick outsiders who are female? People are capable of watching ‘Taxi Driver’ and not thinking, ‘What a terrible representation of men.’ They understand he’s just one man. And you don’t have to like him. Why would Travis Bickle need to be likable? Yet that’s a question that gets applied to female characters often. I hear that a lot as a writer and as an actress: ‘Why isn’t she likable enough?’ Who cares? That’s a social judgment. That shouldn’t come into a creative work of fiction.”
Lowe hopes that the film industry will take the right lessons from certain recent hits, like “Get Out.” “Certain people are underrepresented in cinema,” she explains. “People have an appetite to see stories told in different ways. We’re quite jaded as an audience now. I think we want to see something that feels fresh and new. That seems truthful as well. We want to see things in films that aren’t being said, that are the elephants in the room.”