“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.