September 28, 2017 @ 8:15 AM
After inciting controversy over his depiction of Wonder Woman as a “step backward” for women in Hollywood last month, James Cameron is back in the spotlight for new comments about the blockbuster.
The Titanic director came under fire yet again on Wednesday, as he told The Hollywood Reporter that he stands by his original statements from his contentious interview with the The Guardian. “I mean, [Gal Gadot] was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground,” he argued. “They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the ’60s.”
In response to Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins’s claim that not every female lead needs to be “hard, troubled and tough to be strong,” Cameron again drew comparisons to some of his own films, including Terminator‘s Sarah Conor, played by Linda Hamilton.
“Linda looked great. She just wasn’t treated as a sex object,” the filmmaker stated. “So as much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, ‘letting’ a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn’t think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman. I thought it was a good film. Period.”
And while the 63-year-old conceded that his original comments might have been a bit “simplistic,” he admitted he was surprised by the backlash. “I was certainly shocked that [my comment] was a controversial statement. It was pretty obvious in my mind,” he said. “I just think Hollywood doesn’t get it about women in commercial franchises. Drama, they’ve got that cracked, but the second they start to make a big commercial action film, they think they have to appeal to 18-year-old males or 14-year-old males, whatever it is.”
We will be waiting to see if Patty responds. Stay tuned!