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Adam Driver Calls Out Netflix and Amazon for Role in SAG-AFTRA Strike
September 1, 2023
Adam Drivershared his frustration with the big streaming services that are not cooperating with the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
“Why is it that a smaller distribution company like Neon and STX International can meet the dream demands of what SAG is asking for — this is pre-negotiations — the dream version of SAG’s wishlist, but a big company like Netflix and Amazon can’t,” Driver, 39, said during a Thursday, August 31, press conference at the 2023 Venice Film Festival.
He continued: “Every time people from SAG go and support a movie that has agreed to these terms – the interim agreement – it just makes it more obvious that these people are willing to support the people that they collaborate with, and the others are not.”
The biggest names in Hollywood are showing their support for the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike by joining their fellow union members on the picket lines. In July, the labor union — which represents more than 160,000 TV and film actors — voted to go on strike after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) […]
Driver’s is attending the festival to promote his newest film Ferrari. The drama follows the life of Italian sports car entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari and is an independent film put on by Neon and helmed by Micheal Mann.
“When this opportunity came up, it seemed like [an] understanding [to[ the interim agreement,” he explained at the press conference about his desire to sign on for the project. “It’s a no-brainer for all these reasons why you want to support your union and I’m here because of that, to support and stand in solidarity with them by showing and just further proving the point that [it] is really is about the people you make [the film] with and that’s very resonant with our movie.”
Driver also noted that while filming the independent project, members of their crew — including some of the catering staff — would step in to do some background work. He expressed how “important” it was for him “to show up for” those unsung heroes.
“The origins of the movie and the content of the screenplay and the movie that you saw do not fit into the kind of film that would be embraced by the conventional studio system,” Mann explained earlier this month. “It’s truly appropriate that it is an independent film being distributed by Neon, a very independent distributor.”
Actors and writers of Us Weekly‘s favorite shows and movies have been reuniting on the picket lines amid the historic WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. The labor dispute originally made headlines in May 2023 when the Writers Guild of America announced that their contract negotiation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had stalled. […]
SAG-AFTRA has been on strike since July, while the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) has been marching the picket lines since May. Both labor unions authorized their respective strikes due to similar issues with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — which represents the big Hollywood studios including Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Universal and more.