Elizabeth Banks spoke with The Hollywood Reporter alongside her husband and business partner, Max Hendelman. It’s the full-Hollywood interview, they talk about their life, how they met, blah, blah, blah, the industry, etc. Read it if you’re a Hollywood-aficionado and want to learn more about the behind the scenes politics of the entertainment industry. Like the high-octane information about the budget of movies? Hot.
Elizabeth also talked about some of the upcoming projects she has, including the new Charlie’s Angels-reboot which should be on its way to us soon. And Elizabeth said that it is very timely and will get into what a real highly-trained female super-spy has to deal with in the male-dominated world of super-spies.
Elizabeth talked about how she started her production company, Brownstone Productions, because she kind of needed to, or else she was doomed to play the bitchy, aging sister, or the running-out-of-time-wannabe-mother or some other bullshit role that sustains the over-35 actress-crowd. She said she decided to start producing things herself as soon as she partnered with Max:
“It was when we decided to partner up, basically. We’ve been together for 26 and a half years. And when we were looking at how to make a life together, I felt like he was a real bloodhound for material and had a really good eye for things. And I had more ambition for myself than was available to me in our industry, right? So I just kept wondering when the role and the movie that I was born to play was going to happen, and it just never was happening. I started paving my own way, a little bit out of necessity, a little bit out of ambition, a little bit out of resentment.”
Resentment is a powerful motivator. Look at how complicated divorces get. She also mentioned how Charlie’s Angles–starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott–is going to be a feminist-hit and will touch on all the things going on in the present-day women’s movement. I’m sure that means pussy-hats galore:
“I went back to the original idea in Charlie’s Angels, which was that women were in the workforce. And all of the things that I feel are happening in the women’s movement right now, whether it be #MeToo, or–I say this in a time of dire straits for women’s rights in this country right now–but I feel like all those things are happening because women are in the workforce in greater numbers than ever in human history. I just wanted to make a movie about women at work, working together. I wanted to make a movie that was not about their boyfriends that they didn’t see enough, or the cats they didn’t feed, or the mother that they didn’t call, because I don’t worry about those things in my daily life. And so, in that way, I felt like we were updating the idea of Charlie’s Angels.”
So I guess we can expect the men of the Internet to be furious about it. Expect people to write long think-pieces about how the Angels not wearing skimpy-outfits all the time is actually hateful against men. And if one of those Angels has short hair (looking at you Kristen Stewart), oh girl–fugetaboutit! The men of the internet will revolt over Elizabeth’s contribution to killing “boner culture”. Fight the good fight, Elizabeth! We have too many boners as it is.