Elizabeth Banks reveals getting cast as an ‘elf with big breasts' made her turn to directing... as she continues to promote Charlie’s Angels despite box office failure
She told MailOnline that Charlie's Angels' poor performance at the US box office was the fault of poor marketing.
And after proudly standing behind the action reboot, Elizabeth Banks, 45, recalled the moment that prompted her to get into directing and producing.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, which is set to air on Friday night, the American actress explained that it was only when she was cast as an 'elf with big breasts' for 2007's Fred Claus when she thought she had 'more to offer.'
'Was cast as an elf with big boobs': After standing behind the Charlie's Angels reboot, Elizabeth Banks, 45, recalled the moment that prompted her to get into directing and producing
Elizabeth explained: 'I just got to a certain point where all I got were girl roles. I got cast as an elf with big breasts and I thought to myself, as I was stuffing padding into my bra at five in the morning, "Maybe I have more to offer!"'
Speaking of writing, producing, directing, and starring in the new Charlie’s Angels movie, the blonde beauty gushed: 'I am very selfish and have a clarity of vision!'
Elizabeth also revealed that she had been a hug fan of the original TV series in the seventies: 'I wanted to be Kate Jackson growing up – she was the clever one.
'And these women had incredibly cool jobs in California, which was a foreign land to me. That was the life I wanted to live.'
Meanwhile, Elizabeth looked every inch the movie star as she appeared on this week's episode of the chat show to promote her new action film.
Defining moment: The American actress explained that it was only when she was cast as an 'elf with big breasts' for 2007's Fred Claus when she thought she had 'more to offer'
Style: Elizabeth donned a black minidress for her appearance on the popular BBC chat show and styled her blonde locks into loose waves
The Hollywood star cut a glamorous figure as she appeared on the show alongside Lewis Hamilton, Ricky Gervais and Kylie Minogue.
Elizabeth donned a black minidress for her appearance on the popular BBC chat show and styled her blonde locks into loose waves.
The actress looked slick as she descended the steps of the building, heading off to film her appearance on the programme.
Clutching a coffee, the Hunger Games actress wore a sweeping black tench coat over a colourful silk blouse, tied at the front, and navy skinny slacks.
A-list: Elizabeth cut a glamorous figure as she appeared on the show alongside Lewis Hamilton, Ricky Gervais and Kylie Minogue
She added nude heels to the ensemble, showcasing a wavy style to her blonde mane.
Her make-up was pale, with a dramatic flourish of blue and dark salmon above her eyes and a slick of nude gloss to her pout.
Elizabeth's full interview with be on The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 22nd November 10.40pm.
The latest incarnation of Charlie's Angels - a $50million reboot which Elizabeth wrote, produced, directed and starred in – pulled in a disappointing $8.6 million on its American debut last weekend, falling short of its projected $12-15 million domestic opening.
When asked at Wednesday night's London premiere if she believed British audiences would respond better, the star told MailOnline: 'First of all, everyone that sees the movie loves the movie. I think that we had a problem with just, like, no one knew it was out.'
'No one knew it was out!' The actress recently told MailOnline that Charlie's Angels' poor performance at the US box office was the fault of poor marketing
After having sparked backlash for claiming men were less likely to support Charlie's Angels because they don't go out to watch women in action movies, the star was also asked how she felt the project would have fared with a male director.
'I have no idea,' she told MailOnline at the star-studded event, held at the English capital's Curzon Mayfair. 'I couldn't even speculate.'
Despite the headlines surrounding her latest cinematic offering, Banks appeared keen to put her best foot forward when she stepped out in style for Wednesday night's UK premiere.
Out and a pout: Elizabeth cut a casual figure as she was snapped leaving her London hotel on Thursday
Busy: The Hollywood star looked slick as she descended the steps of the building, on her way to a taping of The Graham Norton Show
Be powerful in prints like Elizabeth wearing Victoria Beckham
The Charlie's Angels remake has just premiered in London, following a whistle stop tour. This means that the Angels are in town and in tow is Elizabeth Banks who also stars in the movie.
We love Elizabeth Banks from her Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect days.
Banks chose to wear a full Victoria Beckham look whilst out in London doing promo for the film. She took a node to the pyjama-style dressing which is very in right now, with a matching printed satin shirt and trousers. She could have rolled straight out of bed, though with those high heels and smart navy coat, we highly doubt it.
This is a great look to wear to drinks or to a festive party, it's chic but you can also have fun with the prints.
Unfortunately the actor's outfit is from the new Resort collection, so isn't available just yet. You can click (right) to take a look at VB's current collection.
In the meantime, have a look at our silky selection below.
Promo trail: Clutching a coffee, the Hunger Games actress wore a sweeping black tench coat over a colourful silk blouse, tied at the front, and navy skinny slacks
Stylish: The blonde beauty wowed as she arrived at the event in a stylish black gown, which featured a daring asymmetrical cutout running from her taut abs to her back
Breathing: Her eye-catching dress of choice was cinched at the waist with a gold clip, while she stood tall in a pair of strappy black heels
Guests: Elizabeth looked in high spirits as she laughed and chatted with Kylie and Ricky
The blonde beauty wowed as she arrived at the event in a stylish black gown, which featured a daring asymmetrical cutout running from her taut abs to her back.
Her eye-catching dress of choice was cinched at the waist with a gold clip, while she stood tall in a pair of strappy black heels.
Wearing her golden locks in a sleek bob with a side-parting, the mother-of-two accessorised with black-and-gold statement earrings.
She joined her co-stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska at the event, where they posed for an array of snapshots ahead of the anticipated screening.
All in the details: Wearing her golden locks in a sleek bob with a side-parting, the mother-of-two accessorised with black-and-gold statement earrings
Marketing issues: At the event, she spoke to MailOnline exclusive about the movie's poor performance at the US box office, blaming it on poor marketing
Elizabeth's outing comes days after she was was slammed on social media, following her claims men were less likely to watch female-oriented action films.
The actress made the comments during a recent interview with the Herald Sun before the release of her film, which went on to perform poorly at the box office during it's opening weekend in the US.
Elizabeth, who acted, directed, wrote, and produced the film, said a box office bomb would reinforce a stereotype that men would rather watch 'male genre' movies like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because those stories were apart of a larger superhero universe focused more on males.
'Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too,' she said in her interview. 'This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn't make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don't go see women do action movies.'
Disappointing debut: The $50million reboot – which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in – pulled in a disappointing $8.6 million on its American debut last weekend
Glam: She joined her co-stars (L-R) Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott at the event
In regards to female superhero films, Banks added: 'They'll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that's a male genre.
'So even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it's all about, yes, you're watching a Wonder Woman movie but we're setting up three other characters or we're setting up Justice League.'
Banks, who directed 2015's Pitch Perfect 2, said she was 'happy for those characters to have box office success, but we need more women's voices supported with money because that's the power. The power is in the money.'
Her sentiments came under scrutiny from cinema fans, who said the film's performance was more indicative of poor marketing as opposed to gender-driven moviegoer habits.
Flair: The screen stars each showed off their individual flair for fashion as they posed together
Help: The star helped out her producer husband Max Handelman as they posed for pictures
'Elizabeth Banks does know that women didn't want to see her Charlie's Angels movie either, right?' one user said. 'I get it, Hollywood and the world really, is frustrating and sexist as heck but she should just face facts. As tough as it is, her movie just didn't look appealing to people.'
Another said, 'Broke: Elizabeth Banks blaming the poor reception to #CharliesAngles on societal norms.
'Woke: Charlie's Angels didn't do well because the marketing was s*** and look all around like a cash grab that was trying to bank on an old franchise when ppl are getting tired of reboots.'
Meanwhile, a sizeable number of Twitter users agreed with Elizabeth's assertions.
Girl power: The reboot of the early naughties franchise debuted in the US on November 15th
Critical: Twitter slammed Elizabeth for the comments she made during her interview with the Herald Sun
'Elizabeth banks didn't lie when she classified these films as "male genre" because none of these had a fully female driven cast, whereas Charlie's Angels had that and was more about female friendships and women at work without necessarily having any superpowers,' one Twitter user wrote.
Elizabeth took the box office bomb in stride as she reflected on it all on Monday.
'Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world,' she tweeted.
Charlie's Angels is set to be released in the UK on November 29th.
'That's a male genre': Banks said men were more like to watch Wonder Women and Captain Marvel because it was part of a larger, male-focused universe
In full agreement: A sizeable number of Twitter users agreed with the screen star's assertions