Jeremy Renner on Hollywood’s Female Wage Gap Battle: ‘That’s Not My Job’
Jeremy Renner may support equal pay for actresses in Hollywood, but when it comes to ensuring it happens, he’s made it clear that it’s not his job.
Jennifer Lawrence’s recent essay about her personal experience with pay inequality (thanks to the Sony hacks exposing she and her co-stars’ American Hustle salaries) has sparked a new onslaught of conversation about pay gaps between men and women in Hollywood and everywhere.
Lawrence’s American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper voiced his support of her essay and views, even telling Reuters that “he has begun teaming up with female co-stars to negotiate salaries before any film he is interested in working on goes into production.”
“Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that,” Cooper told them.
Unfortunately, Lawrence and Cooper’s American Hustle co-star Renner is staying on the fence about the unfair wages women are paid. “That’s not my job,” said Renner when asked by the Business Insider whether or not he’d be willing to negotiate pay alongside his female co-stars on future projects.
“I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff,” Renner also told the site.
“I’m a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that,” said the two-time Oscar nominee. “I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on.”
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