Elizabeth Banks apologizes for suggesting Steven Spielberg never cast a female lead

  • Elizabeth Banks apologizes for suggesting Steven Spielberg never cast a female lead

Elizabeth Banks apologizes for suggesting Steven Spielberg never cast a female lead

Is it too late for Elizabeth Banks to say she's sorry??

According to some accounts of the event, the mistake was pointed out at the time by an audience member, but not addressed by Banks, who chose to move on.

"I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I'm sorry", she wrote.

Collecting an award for women in filmmaking, Banks, who is known for her icy wit and multi-hyphenate talent, spoke about the importance of exposing children to female-driven storylines.

It happened at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday (June 13) where Banks was honored with the Crystal Award for work in film.

Although Twitter was more focused on the fact that Banks neglected Spielberg's "The Color Purple" film adaptation, there is proof on Spielberg's IMDb profile of two other female-led films he's developed.

Spielberg's other female-lead pictures included "The Sugarland Express", a 1974 crime drama starring Goldie Hawn, and the 2016 young-adult fantasy film "The BFG", with Ruby Barnhill starring as a fearless young orphan who befriends the Big Friendly Giant.

After someone in the crowd yelled "no", Ms. Banks reportedly replied, "Oh, so I'm right still".

The Color Purple is predominately the only Spielberg film to feature a female lead.

In the apology, she said she is "very sorry" and revealed that she approached Shari backstage after her speech to apologize for the dismissal.

Banks then posted a lengthy note to Twitter saying: "I messed up".

The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and lead Whoopi Goldberg was lauded for her depiction of the character Celie, a black woman struggling against society while living in the Deep South during the turn of the century. Banks seemingly went for Steven's jugular when she said she has supported every movie Spielberg has created, and that Steven had "never" created a movie that had a leading female role.

When you see all the good people of black twitter dragging elizabeth banks for ignoring the color purple. Spielberg is likewise directing the upcoming film The Papers with Meryl Streep.