Actress Elizabeth Banks has come under fire from the director of her first movie, after she branded the role the biggest mistake of her screen career.
The Hunger Games star got her first break in 1998 independent movie Surrender Dorothy when she was just a college student without drama school experience.
When asked about her career regrets in an interview with website Slate.com, she said, "Really early on, I did this one movie - I think it's called Surrender Dorothy, I'm not even sure anymore. The writer/director played the lead role, as well, because there was no one else to do it! And he wasn't a real actor. It was just one of those, 'What am I doing here?'
"I hadn't even gone to drama school. I was still a college student, actually. And I thought, 'I'd better go to drama school and learn how to never have this job again.'"
However, Banks' remarks have angered Kevin DiNovis, the director who took the lead role in the film.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm shocked and deeply hurt by Ms. Banks' comments, and confused as to how she could consider her first break - in Hollywood or anywhere - as a career mistake."
"What exactly does she mean by 'this type of job'? Because there she seems to insult not just my work, but rather the entire American independent film movement."