Jessica Chastain wearing a SAG-AFTRA shirt on the Venice Film Festival red carpet
When you work or exist in an environment that continually grinds you down over years or even decades, fighting back can start to look like an entirely insurmountable challenge. This is how AMPTP has maintained its stranglehold over Hollywood for so long—at least according to Jessica Chastain, who spoke candidly about her fear of speaking out at a Venice International Film Festival press conference for her film Memory last night.
“I was very nervous about coming,” Chastain said, per Variety, before elaborating that “there were actually some people on my team who advised me against it.”
Independent producers, like the ones here, are letting the AMPTP know that actors deserve fair compensation, that AI protection should be implemented, and there should be sharing of streaming revenues. I hope my being here today encourages other independent producers, and encourages actors to show up [at festivals] and support our union members. Hopefully we will see an end to the strike soon and hopefully AMPTP will go back to the table.
Unfortunately, with major studios like Warner Bros. Television suspending remaining development deals with even their most high-profile producers, it seems like AMPTP is buckling down for the (very) long haul. We’ll surely see more impassioned pleas for fairness and change like this one as festival season continues.
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