Monday 23 April 2018

Jeremy Renner says it's 'not my job' to help female co-stars get equal pay

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner attend the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 23, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner attend the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 23, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Although Jeremy Renner supports equal pay for female stars he has said it's "not my job" to negotiate alongside actresses.

Speaking to Business Insider he said he does not feel it's his responsibility to do so.

"That's not my job," he said, "I don't know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff."

He added, “I’m a performer and I know human behaviour. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that.  I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on.”

Renner starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle and the actress recently spoke out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood and how she received a much lower salary than her male co-stars who also included Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper.

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony, I got mad at myself,” she wrote in an essay for Lenny, Lena Dunham‘s newsletter.

“I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

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