Juliette Binoche Thinks Steven Spielberg Is 'More of a Men's Director': His 'Films Lack Women'

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Juliette Binoche, Steven Spielberg
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Juliette Binoche says she would "of course" work with Steven Spielberg, but she thinks he's "more of a men's director."

The Paradise Highway star, 58, told Variety in an interview published Wednesday that she has had three opportunities to work with the famed filmmaker, 75, but had to turn them down due to other commitments.

"The first time was for Indiana Jones [and the Last Crusade], because I was doing The Lovers on the Bridge with Leos Carax," the French actress recalled. "The second time, for Schindler's List, I was pregnant, and then for the dinosaurs (Jurassic Park), I had already committed to [Krzysztof Kieślowski's] 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 [Martin] Scorsese actually," Binoche added.

Reps for Spielberg and Scorsese declined PEOPLE's request for comment.

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Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche

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Binoche insisted in her interview with Variety that "of course" she would be open to working with either Spielberg or Scorsese, 79, in the future.

"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," she said. "But their films lack women."

Spielberg has directed more than 30 films over the course of his career, including standouts like the Indiana Jones franchise, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook, Saving Private Ryan and his breakout horror flick Jaws. His Oscar-nominated classic The Color Purple featured a mostly female cast, including Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg.

Most recently, Spielberg directed the remake of West Side Story, which earned Ariana DeBose, who played Anita, her first Academy Award. The movie musical was up for a total of seven Oscars.

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While Harrison Ford is set to step back into Indiana Jones' shoes for the upcoming fifth installment in the saga (which will be the first not directed by Spielberg), the director previously said he would consider introducing a female version of Indiana Jones once that film is complete.

"I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly — my mom and my wife," Spielberg told The Sun in 2018.

As for continuing the long-lasting franchise, the three-time Oscar winner said the fifth Indiana Jones film, due out next summer, "will be Harrison Ford's last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that."

"We'd have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that," Spielberg added.

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Martin Scorsese

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Oscar winner Scorsese, meanwhile, is famous for films like Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and, more recently, The Irishman.

While Scorsese's latter 2019 acclaimed mob epic was criticized by some for having only seven lines of dialogue for Anna Paquin, both costar Robert De Niro and the actress herself defended her role, with Paquin, 39, calling the opportunity a "privilege."

As noted in a 2020 Vanity Fair piece, Scorsese has directed 10 actresses who have gone on to be nominated for Academy Awards for their roles in his movies, including Winona Ryder, Cate Blanchett and Sharon Stone.

Scorsese responded in 2019 to claims of gender inequality in his films during an Italian press conference for The Irishman, saying, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "That's a question that I've had for so many years. Am I supposed to? If the story doesn't call for it, then it's a waste of everybody's time. If the story calls for a female character lead, why not?"

And while he said he'd "like to" include more female character leads in his films, Scorsese added, "I'm 76 now. How am I going to have the time? I don't know what's going to happen. We don't know. I don't have time anymore."