Film director and Golden Globes winner Martin McDonagh has labeled men in Hollywood “illiterate pr**cks” because of the way they treat women.

The London Irishman told the Big Issue that there were very few older women in leading roles “because there are so many men in power in the film business, and most of them are illiterate pr**cks.”

He added that a “large part” of the problem is that not enough women get the same opportunities as men to write and sell film scripts.

And in relation to being British-born with an Irish passport, he said, “It’s a great time to have an Irish passport! I’d encourage everyone to get one! Might mean we’ll actually have a good football team in about 20 years’ time.”

McDonagh’s most recent work, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is a dark comedy about a mother whose daughter’s murder remains unsolved by the local. In desperation she buys advertising space on three large billboards in the town, dividing opinion within the local community.

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