Men accepting women as equal, is one of the steps to World Peace.
I’ve directed plenty of buddy movies and action movies starring some pretty manly men and no one gave me trouble for being a woman; except, possibly, the Man from Snowy River which I directed in costume most of the time because I played Kirk Douglas’ daughter – a pretty meaty part. (Yes that means I directed Kirk Douglas [nice guy]) Watch that movie and know that those ranch-hands were all type-cast, and the men who played Clancy and Curley were out to prove a woman couldn’t direct. When the movie wrapped all the men involved said they’d work with me anytime.
The Man from Snowy River; all three of the Lord Of The Rings Movies; all Three Lethal Weapon movies; Three Men And Baby and Three Men and Little Lady; The Outsiders; a Knight’s Tale; Oceans 13; and Air America were all movies with male heart-throb casts, and male crews, and a Woman Director – me. What this will tell you is, manly men have no problem working alongside and taking direction from a women. I guarantee if we have a woman president, just think of her as the President, and don’t think of yourself as less of a man.
(I don’t understand why women don’t want to work behind the camera. For every actor on the screen there are probably two or three people off the screen working on the movie. Just a thought ladies.)
For the Lord of the Rings movies I was there for three months on the set every day with 150 men, and they were glad to have me. I’ve been called in to replace male directors several times. A good director, is a good director, period. Everybody respects that, except for a handful of people who have been brought up to be prejudice against women. The person in your young life who made you so prejudice against women, was a little crazy. If it was your mother, then she was a lot crazy and very, very WRONG. How did anyone expect you to have a healthy relationship with a woman and hate her gender? It’s not possible. Admit to yourself that it is senseless to have a prejudice of any kind, and get on with your life. I promise you’ll be happier. The people around you will be MUCH happier, you might even get asked to lunch.
Guys, don’t be so scared that if women find out we can do all these things, that we won’t need you. Of course we’ll need you – I haven’t even begun to talk about sex, yet.