Jodie Foster is one of the few successful working actress/directors, so she's the logical person to ask, "Why aren't there more women directors out there?"

While out promoting her upcoming film 'The Beaver,' Foster shrugged off the idea that Hollywood is making a concerted effort to block women from getting behind the camera.

"I don't think it's a plot and these guys sat around and said, 'Let's keep these women out,'" Foster told the LA Times. "I think it's like race psychology. When a producer hires a director, you're hiring away your control completely. When you give that amount of power up, you want them to look like you and talk like you and think like you and it's scary when they don't, because what's gonna happen? I'm gonna hand over $60 million to somebody I don't know."

But even when you're not talking about "the guys" sitting around, Foster says women execs think along the same lines.

"Name the lists that come out of the female studio executives: guy, guy, guy, guy," she said. "Their job is to be as risk-averse as possible. They see female directors as a risk."

She considers her first foray into directing in 1991 to have come about thanks to a unique set of circumstances not available to most women. "I was acting in 'Little Man Tate' for almost no money and I had just won an Oscar," said Foster. "They were under almost no financial risk whatsoever. The real pioneers are someone that didn't have the 'in' that I had. I had guys who knew me. I was like their daughter."

Foster has mostly made smaller films ('The Beaver' clocks in with a $20 million budget) but says she'd be up for tackling something much bigger. "I would and I could, if at the heart of it there's something that moves me," she said, citing films she's starred in like 'Panic Room' and 'The Silence of the Lambs,' as examples of genres she wouldn't mind directing.

What do you think: Why aren't more female directors trusted with big films?
[Via LA Times]
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