Elizabeth Banks worried about ”bombing” in front of Jane Fonda.
The Pitch Perfect 2 filmmaker helped present the legendary actress with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film last weekend and admitted she was nervous about making a joke-filled speech in case it left the audience unimpressed.
She said: ”In preparing this speech I was planning on coming up here and cracking jokes because that’s what I do and I would inevitably veer into inappropriate territory. Jane likes that kind of thing, but then I realized you do not want to bomb in front of Jane.”
The 41-year-old star went on to praise the ”trailblazing” actress for her ”no-nonsense” attitude.
She added: ”She is a certified broad who collects wonderful women. She is outspoken, no-nonsense and trailblazing and she has had enough amazing experiences to fill five lifetimes.”
Diane Lane also paid tribute to the actress.
She said: ”Recently, during promotional requirements for a movie, I was asked who Wonder Woman is to me. What do you think my answer was? Jane Fonda.”
When she took to the stage at the Bacara Resort & Spa to accept her award, the 77-year-old actress recalled how she quit acting when she married her now ex-husband Ted Turner and feels ”very, very blessed” that her career is going strong again now.
She said: ”I didn’t miss it for a second. But I came back at 65, which is pretty unusual, and I feel very, very blessed that I was able to have a new career so late in life and, as a result, be able to spend time with people who are so profoundly inspired, moving and talented.”