Salma Hayek calls for pay cut for male actors

Salma Hayek calls for pay cut for male actors

Actress Salma Hayek said former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein only responded to sexual harassment allegations from her and actress Lupita N'yongo because women of color are "the easiest to get discredited". "This is a new era for men", Hayek said.

The prestigious Cannes festival has come under criticism for failing to showcase more films by women directors.

Salma Hayek wants to close the pay gap in Hollywood, but she acknowledges that it's going to take a lot of work to make that happen.

"If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses".

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up".

After joining Cate Blanchett and 80 other women on the steps of the Palais on Saturday to call for gender parity across all industries, Hayek sat down a for the panel in which she reiterated the need for equality in the movie industry. "You feel this very palpable atmosphere", she concluded.

"We couldn't have done it without a few good men, like my husband", she said, adding that it was "so sexy and unnerving when he comes up with ideas that I should have".

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One actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, on Sunday said he would boycott film projects that do not pay women the same as their male co-stars. "So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us".

Hayek wrote an essay in The New York Times in December that accused Weinstein of sexual harassment during the making of the film "Frida".

(Hayek starred as the title character.) She also said that Weinstein had threatened to kill her. "If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects".

Hayek also claimed that if there hadn't been as many allegations made against Weinstein, people would have accepted his denial of her accusations.

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

She added she found the protest - in which more than 80 women stood on the red carpet - visually arresting: "I was really moved to see physically - which is the best way to do it, because cinema is about visual images - and I think that we talk a lot, but this image, yeah, it looked like we were a lot".

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