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Male Hollywood stars must take pay cuts: Salma Hayek

Published on: 7:49 pm - Tuesday | May 15, 2018

 Currentnews.com.bd

Hollywood star Salma Hayek said Sunday that male stars will have to take pay cuts if they are serious about equality for women.The Mexican-born actress, a leading voice in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, said highly-paid male stars would have to make sacrifices.

“It is not just the producers” who have to change if the huge pay gap is to be closed. “It is actors too,” she said. “Time’s up. You had a good run but it is time now to be generous with the actresses,” she told a Women in Motion talk at the Cannes film festival.

“If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses. If the movie’s budget is $10 million, the (male) actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7 million, it is going to be hard for equality,” Hayek added.

Hayek-best known 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 film “Frida”. The actress and producer, who says she has sold a raft of female-led projects “that I had been trying to make for 10 years” since the Weinstein scandal shook up Hollywood, said real change was happening.

But she warned that “pay disparity is going to take a while… because they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before.” Which was why women had to “be impatient,” she urged.”We should have been angrier soon. We should have come together sooner-that is what did it,” Hayek, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Frida”, told reporters.

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