Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Salma Hayek calls for pay cut for male actors

Salma Hayek calls for pay cut for male actors

"It is actors too", she said.

The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the Cannes film festival, which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced past year.

"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".

"Otherwise they will kill the movie", she warned. That's one idea. I'm going to be hated for it.

Hayek said her production company was having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified". "You feel this very palpable atmosphere". "If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects".

Just this year, the 51-year-old Mexican-born actor has sold four television shows about women to different outlets. Emma Stone revealed that throughout her career some men have taken pay cuts in order to increase her salary.

"We should have been angrier soon".


She said Weinstein harassed her on the movie, which she produced, demanding that she do a "gratuitous" nude scene with another actress.

Salma Hayek has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein's denials of sexual abuse against herself and actress Lupita Nyong'o, saying he hadn't responded to any other actresses' claims in the same way because they were both women of color.

She said: "He only responded to two women".

"It is a very exciting time for men now".

"I think it's an invitation for us to think differently and to act differently", she said.

"A lot of lovely peaceful men have been the victims of the bullying of men who think that the identity of a man has to do with violence", the actress added.

"Change has already happened" in Hollywood, Hayek said, so the time has come for women in the industry to build on that momentum through their film work.

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