Benedict Cumberbatch Says He’ll Only Take New Projects If His Female Co-Stars Receive Equal Pay

“If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.”

Benedict Cumberbatch has committed to only taking on projects in which his female co-stars receive equal pay. In an interview with Radio Times, the actor calls pay equality a “central tenet of feminism” and says he’s “proud” to be only one of two men at his production company — something he’d like to see replicated elsewhere.

“It’s about implementation,” he says. “Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism. Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”

Several high-profile examples of pay inequality between male and female co-stars have made headlines in recent months and years, ranging from projects like “The Crown” and “Westworld” to “Everybody Knows” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

The latter revealed a gender $2 million pay gap between co-stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, although their star billing is considered the same for “Jurassic World”.

The recent Hollywood salary report shows Daniel Craig is earning a $5m pay rise to receive a whopping $25m for the as-of-yet untitled next Bond film, while Anne Hathaway will scoop $15m for her lead role in the new Barbie film.

Later another Hollywood actor Rob Sneider joined Cumberbatch with the same statement.

Rob Schneider’s tweet on gender pay gap


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