The world is divided into two categories: those who toured with Spielberg and those who did not tour with Spielberg. And then there is Juliette Binoche. She could have been Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park, give a reply to Harrison Ford in The Last Crusade or even appear in the credits of Schindler’s List, but she decided otherwise.
It must be said that each time, the actress had good excuses. At the time hired by Leos Carax for Les Amants du Pont Neuf, she was forced to decline the role in the third part of Indiana Jones, proposed by Spielberg himself. Rebelotte for Jurassic Park: “I had already said yes to Krzysztof Kieslowski for Three colors: Blue, and when I give my word, I don’t question it. And then the scenario was magnificent and I was more attracted by the role“she confided to the microphone of Europe 1 during the promotion of Like Mother, Like Girl. Finally, it was because she was expecting a child that she refused a role in Schindler’s List: “I was pregnant at the time and in the film, I had to be raped, beaten up, and die at the end. I preferred to protect my child“, she explained.
If these career choices may seem questionable, it should not be forgotten that Juliette Binoche was nominated for the César for Les Amants du Pont Neuf before winning the title of Best Actress as well as the Interpretation Award at the Venice Film Festival for Bleu . Interviewed by us a few years ago, the actress had however qualified her explanations for her repeated refusals: “he [Steven Spielberg] asked me three times to work on his projects. But for me it is a director of men … or dinosaurs. More than women. I think I did not say yes because I did not feel the feminine possible“We are therefore not close to seeing a collaboration between the two artists.