Jane Fonda presents the Palme d'Or at the 76th Cannes Film Festival

Jane Fonda on Jean-Luc Godard: ‘A great director. But as a man? I’m sorry, no.’

Jane Fonda was in Cannes this week to present the Palme d’Or to Justine Triet for her acclaimed film ‘Anatomy of a Fall’. And she used her time on the Croisette to share her unfiltered thoughts on some of the most influential figures in the industry. Appearing at the festival on Friday, Fonda made no attempt to hide her feelings for the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Robert Redford (via Expiration).

“He was a great director,” Fonda said of Godard. “I take off my hat. A great director. But as a man? I am sorry. Ninth.

The Oscar winner didn’t elaborate on her issues with the ‘Breathless’ director, but she did get more specific when it came to her thoughts on Redford. Fonda recalled working with Redford on four films starting with 1967’s “Barefoot in the Park.” She said she “was in love” with the famously handsome actor when she first met him, but realized that “he just has a problem with women.” When they worked together on the 2017 film “Our Souls at Night,” Fonda said she learned to deal with him.

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“He’s always in a bad mood, and I always thought it was my fault,” she said of working with Redford. “The last film I did with him was six years ago. What was I, about 80 or something. And I finally realized that I grew up. When he arrived on set three hours late in a bad mood, I knew it wasn’t my fault.

Fonda’s comments about Godard aren’t the first time the actress has voiced her grievances with dead French filmmakers. She recently recalled being inappropriately propositioned by René Clément during the production of the 1964 film ‘Joy House.’ Fonda says the director attempted to sleep with her under the guise of preparing for acting, but she was able to turn her down by pretending she didn’t speak French.

“Well, he wanted to sleep with me because he said the character had to have an orgasm in the movie and he needed to see what my orgasms were like,” she said. “She said it in French and I pretended not to understand.”