A Word on Mako…
It smarts a bit when people say Mako is dull or passive. Not just because I don’t agree, but because I identify with Mako — more than the conventionally active male heroes. Raleigh and Chuck are great, and I love them, but I’m just not those guys. I don’t really want to be. I don’t talk trash or get into brawls in the hallway or grab Idris Elba’s arm. Honestly, Raleigh’s a bigger leap for me than Mako. Mako is somebody I get, man or woman. She fixes robots. She likes swords. She’s a nerd. She’s funny. She has a bunch of random electrical equipment on her desk. She’s somebody I’d be friends with. She’s somebody I would trust. She’s the character I’d call if I was in a rough spot and needed help. It bums me out when people talk like they’d trade her for another sort of person. I wouldn’t dream of it.
I think that’s extremely important, but I think it’s important to create all types of female characters, across the spectrum. I always say that what makes me sad is that women don’t even get the opportunity to be mediocre in the way that guys do. It’s like, every week these bad movies come out at the box office—let’s let women direct some of them! I’m not saying that’s going to make them great, I’m saying we need to be allowed to make good movies, bad movies, mediocre movies. We need to be able to create authentic flawed characters and totally crappy one-dimensional characters. I think we should be allowed to do it all, bad and good, just like guys. I don’t like the idea that women need to get in there and prove that we’re great at it. Because you know what? We’re not all gonna be great at it. We just need to be doing it, and get paid for doing it.
— Diablo Cody
in response to “Do you think that creating complicated, flawed, authentic representations of women is what being a feminist in film is all about?
” (via hermione