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Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Claiming Steven Spielberg Never Made a Film with Female Lead
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16 Jun 2017 08:33 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Elizabeth Banks (Image Source: Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons)

We don't often get apologies out of Hollywood, but Elizabeth Banks is offering one to Steven Spielberg.

She made a comment that he never made a film with a female lead, then found out she was wrong.

The actress was accepting an award at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards this week. She mentioned how frustrated she is with how few female stories are told in film and called out Spielberg specifically.

"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," she said in her speech. "Sorry, Steve. I don't mean to call your ass out, but it's true."

But while Banks was making her remarks, Shari Belafonte yelled out "The Color Purple" from the audience.

Others also pointed out to her after the fact that Spielberg had directed and produced The Color Purple that starred Whoopi Goldberg. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his work on the film and won his first Directors Guild of America award for the picture.

"I messed up," Banks later wrote on social media. "When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film Awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said, and I'm sorry.

"When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss the import of the iconic #TheColorPurple.

"I made things worse by giving the impression that I was dismissing Shari Belafonte when she attempted to correct me. I spoke with Shari backstage, and she was kind enough to forgive me.

"Those who have the privilege and honor of directing and producing films should be held to account for our mistakes, whether it's about diversity or inaccurate statements. I'm very sorry."

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