Jodie Foster called out male filmmakers at Variety and Kering’s Women in Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival, saying they rely too heavily on rape stories for female characters.
“One of my biggest pet peeves as an actor was whenever a writer, a male writer, was searching for motivation for a woman, they would just always go to rape,” she told Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh.
“For some reason, men saw that — they saw it as this incredibly dramatic thing. ‘Well, that’s easy, I can just pluck that one out of the sky and apply it to her,'” she went on. “Because they were uninterested in any kind of complex merging with a female character.”
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