With Dwayne Johnson, Matt Damon or Nicole Kidman, they gave 15 million to the solidarity fund.
A few days ago, the leaders of SAG-AFTRA, the guild of Hollywood actors, thanked Dwayne Johnson for his historic 7-figure donation. Since then, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman and George Clooney have also donated at least $1 million to this fundraiser. Which amounts to 15 million in all.
A large sum, which will allow the poorest actors attached to the union to receive a minimum pay for the duration of the strike. Which could continue until 2024.
Dwayne Johnson made a "historic donation" to the Actors Union Relief Fund
Like screenwriters, who are demanding a base salary, better remuneration in general and a framework for the use of artificial intelligence, American actors would like to be considered more by Hollywood studios/streaming services.
Because contrary to what one might think, millionaire stars are not the norm in this industry. Fran Drescher, star actress of the series A Nanny, who is now the president of SAG-AFTRA, thus provided to the New York Timesevocative figures: of the 160,000 members of the union, 86% earn less than 26,000 dollars per year (about 24,000 euros). “Thanks to the donations collected since the beginning of the strike, the actors in need won't lose their homes, will be able to pay their bills, buy food for their families, get life-saving medicine, pay their doctor's bills and much more,” Courtney Vance said in the statement. where he personally thanked Johnson for his historic gift.
Since the start of the strike, several personalities have taken the floor to talk about their early career struggles, such as Tatiana Maslany (She-Hulk), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) or Seann William Scott (American Pie). They speak out about their own experiences in the hope that it will improve the lives of everyone in the industry.
Seann William Scott only won $8,000 playing Stifler in American Pie