A-List actors show their support with SAG Members
The contract between SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and AMPTP (American Motion Picture and Television Producers) ended on July 12th. The SAG-AFTRA national board unanimously voted to declare a strike; the strike had previously been approved by nearly 98 percent of members.
“This is an inflection point in our industry” – George Clooney.
George Clooney shows his support for the SAG members who prepared to join the pickets in LA today. Clooney told Deadline, “Actors and writers in large numbers have lost their ability to make a living. For our industry to survive that has to change. For actors, that journey starts now.”
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Other A-list actors such as Matt Damon spoke up on the SAG-AFTRA strike. Moments before the actors of “Oppenheimer” left the red carpet of the London premiere in support of the strike, Matt Damon expressed his thoughts on the SAG-AFTRA strike. Damon who started a production company with Ben Affleck told Deadline that the SAG-AFTRA strike will impact his company. “It’s going to be tough for the actors, for 160,000 actors. Nobody wants a work stoppage,” Damon said. “But if our leadership is saying that the deal isn’t fair then we’ve got to hold strong until we get a deal that’s fair for working actors.”
The pickets will begin nationwide on July 14th. Meanwhile, the ongoing 2023 WGA (Writers Guild of America) strike remains ongoing since May 2nd and appears to keep going.
Published by HOLR Magazine.