Weaver: male roles boosted my career
Updated on 11 December 2009
Speaking ahead of the premiere of the £300m sci-fi film Avatar, Sigourney Weaver says roles for strong women come across like an "angry gym teacher", and it is often easier just to take parts written for men.
The actress also sparked speculation about plans for Ghostbusters 3 by saying she had seen the script and was not averse to being in the new movie.
She told Channel 4 News: “I have taken lots of parts intended for men in the past. Sometimes when writers try to write strong roles for women it comes across like an angry gym teacher.
"So when a woman just gets to play someone who’s good at her job, who is straight forward, they often think that a lot of the work is done for them because they don’t have to re-tool it.
"It’s just a person though. It’s up to me to bring everything to that particular character. I don’t have an axe to grind, it [getting men’s roles] just seems to be one of the ways that I get to be in more films."
Weaver worked with Avatar director James Cameron on Aliens in 1986, and says her ability to keep attracting big roles can be attributed to her attitude to get stuck in.
She told Channel 4 News: "I just have a different perspective, having loved literature so much. If you read great books and plays there are always interesting parts for many ages, and great stories including a lot of older women as well. People know I am up for anything, I’m pretty game.
"I just have this attitude – I started working, off, off Broadway. To me films are still like that experimental feeling, I get so excited about that. I think as I get older I’m more aware of what a privilege it is to work with different generations of actors. If anything it’s my philosophy – with a new job I’m like 'yes'."
Ghostbusters 3 'is happening'
Weaver also confirmed that rumours of her involvement in Ghostbusters 3 were not completely wide of the mark, despite previous comments to the contrary. She revealed potential new details of the planned film which have subsequently caused a stir of excitement on movie websites.
She told Channel 4 News: "I’m afraid to say it [Ghostbusters 3] is happening, I hope people are excited about that. I don’t know if I’m going to be in it, I have had a couple of calls asking ‘would you read the script’.
"I know that my little son Oscar – who was kidnapped from me – I think he has grown up to be a ghostbuster.
"I might be in it; I see nothing wrong with being in it, although I don’t think I will have a big part. I think Bill Murray has a little more to do with it - he’s a ghost."