Most actors would jump at the chance to appear in a film directed by Steven Spielberg, whose cinematic output over the years has included classics ranging from “Jaws” to “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” to “Schindler’s List” and many more.
For Juliette Binoche, however, it was an opportunity she decided to pass up — and not just once.
In an interview with Variety, the star of such films as “Chocolat” and “The English Patient” was asked to confirm a rumour that she’d passed on an offer from Spielberg not once but three times.
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“I don’t remember very well but Steven reminded me!” she said.
“The first time was for ‘Indiana Jones 3’, because I was doing ‘The Lovers on the Bridge’ with Leos Carax,” she explained.
“The second time, for ‘Schindler’s List,’ I was pregnant, and then for the dinosaurs (‘Jurassic Park’), I had already committed to ‘Three Colors: Blue’. It would have been amusing to do ‘Jurassic Park’ to see how [Spielberg] makes the film, but at the same time, Spielberg is more of a men’s director, like Scorsese actually.”
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Would Binoche be open to working with Spielberg or Scorsese at this point in her career?
“Of course I would!” she declared. “Even if I find their approach to cinema to be very commercial, they have a fabulous technique which they own completely, and there’re storytellers. But their films lack women.”