Cannes Movie Competition 2018: Salma Hayek says time's up for male actors, lobbies for equal pay

A day after becoming a member of greater than 80 women’s protest on the Cannes Movie Competition, Salma Hayek mentioned Sunday that change for ladies in Hollywood is already occurring.

In a dialog that was a part of the ‘Girls in Movement’ speak collection at Cannes, Hayek mentioned her manufacturing firm is having hassle maintaining with the demand for feminine writers and administrators. The actress-producer mentioned she has bought 4 TV exhibits about girls this 12 months. “I can not discover sufficient feminine writers and administrators,” Hayek mentioned. “They’re all busy. The change already occurred.”

Hayek mentioned a lot work nonetheless must be finished, notably on the difficulty of equal pay. The 51-year-old actress mentioned she hasn’t been insisting on equal pay but as a result of male stars and producers nonetheless want to regulate. She additionally mentioned that male stars ought to get much less pay as strategy to even issues up with chronically underpaid girls. “The actors should say: ‘OK, time’s up. I had a great run however now it’s additionally time to be beneficiant with the actresses within the movies.’

“Time’s up. You had a great run however it’s time now to be beneficiant with the actresses,” she mentioned. “If actors ask such inflated charges it’s going to depart nothing for actresses. If the film’s price range is $10 million, the (male) actor has to know that if he’s making $9.7 million, it will be exhausting for equality,” Hayek added. “In any other case they may kill the film,” she warned.

Salma Hayek at Cannes. Reuters

“All of us should be a part of the adjustment. That’s one thought. I’m going to be hated for it. I hope I can get a job after this!”

However she repeatedly spoke positively about progress behind the digicam. “Possibly you do not see the distinction within the numbers, but it surely simply occurred this 12 months,” Hayek mentioned. “It labored. And I feel we should always take pleasure in it.”

Hayek additionally remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment towards film mogul Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December. Weinstein on the time issued a prolonged assertion of denial. Hayek mentioned Weinstein particularly contested her declare and that of Lupita Nyong’o as a result of they’re girls of color. “It was a technique by the legal professionals, as a result of we’re the best to get discredited,” Hayek mentioned. “It’s a well-known reality, in case you are a lady of color, folks imagine what you say much less. So he went attacking the 2 girls of color, in hopes that if he may discredit us, he may then perhaps discredit the remainder.”

Within the wake of the scandals which have adopted Weinstein’s downfall, Hayek mentioned males in Hollywood “are terrified” and that “predators are hiding.” However she mentioned the #MeToo motion additionally is a good time for males “to rethink what it means to be a person.” “This can be a new period for males,” Hayek mentioned.

Hayek — greatest recognized for Desperado and indie hit Beatriz at Dinner — had accused mogul Harvey Weinstein of threatening to “break my kneecaps” after she spurned his advances on the set of her movie Frida.

With inputs from AP, AFP and Reuters

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