George Clooney and More Stars Donate $1 Million to SAG Foundation

George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Full of life and Dwayne Johnson
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Extra Hollywood A-listers are matching Dwayne The Rock” Johnson’s $1 million donation to the SAG-AFTRA fund, extra Hollywood A-listers are following swimsuit. 

“The leisure business is in disaster and the SAG-AFTRA Basis is at the moment processing greater than 30 instances our ordinary variety of purposes for emergency assist. We acquired 400 purposes within the final week alone,”  SAG-AFTRA Basis president Courtney B. Vance advised Selection in a Wednesday, August 2, assertion concerning the nonprofit’s profitable fundraising efforts. “It’s an enormous problem, however we’re decided to satisfy this second.”

Because the actors’ guild formally went on strike final month, the SAG Basis has raised greater than $15 million for its emergency monetary help program — drastically partially to a few of Hollywood’s top-earning actors. Amongst those that have donated are George and Amal Clooney, Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Full of life, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meryl Streep

Celebrities are following within the footsteps of Johnson, 51, who lately contributed a seven-figure quantity to the group, which might ship grants of as much as $1,500 per member. (In different circumstances, a lifetime union member might obtain as much as $6,000 in emergency help if in critical jeopardy.) On the time, the inspiration’s government director, Cyd Wilson, advised Selection that Johnson’s donation was the “largest single donation” the group has ever acquired from one particular person. 

“I appealed to our neighborhood to recollect how powerful it was developing, and the response to assist their fellow performers has been unimaginable, quick and heartwarming,” Vance continued in his assertion on Wednesday, noting that Johnson, 51, “helped kick-start this marketing campaign.” He additionally gave due to Streep, 74, and George, 62, who “stepped up with $1 million donations, emails and plenty of calls-to-action rallying others to present generously.”

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Vance introduced that due to the most recent donations, the SAG Basis has “crushed our preliminary aim” — however the work nonetheless isn’t finished. “Our fundraising will proceed to be able to meet the overwhelming wants of our neighborhood now and sooner or later,” he concluded. 

“I keep in mind my days as a waiter, cleaner, typist, even my time on the unemployment line,” Streep advised Selection on Wednesday, detailing why it’s essential for her to present again. “On this strike motion, I’m fortunate to have the ability to assist those that will wrestle in a protracted motion to maintain in opposition to Goliath. We are going to stand robust collectively in opposition to these highly effective firms who’re bent on taking the humanity, the human dignity, even the human out of our career. I’m proudest of my fellow actors who’ve instantly provided to fund the Emergency Monetary Help Program.”

George, for his half, launched his personal assertion on July 13 earlier than the strike started. “We stand able to get again to the desk and make a good cope with the AMPTP,” he stated. “Till then, I’m proud to have the ability to assist the SAG-AFTRA Basis and my fellow actors who could also be struggling on this historic second. We’ve stood on the shoulders of the likes of Bette Davis and Jimmy Cagney and it’s time for our era to present one thing again.”

He thanked Vance specifically for “his dedication in placing this effort collectively by shedding mild on the human toll occurring proper now, and the way we will work collectively to alleviate among the ache and struggling” from these at the moment struggling with out work.

The Display Actors Guild – American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has been on strike since July 14 over an ongoing dispute with the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers (AMPTP). The guild’s points are relating to fairer wages, streaming residuals, synthetic intelligence and different subjects that might not be agreed upon by the AMPTP when drawing up a brand new contract. 

SAG members took to the picket traces two months after the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went by itself strike over related disputes with the AMPTP. It marks the primary time that each the actors and writers unions have been on strike collectively since 1960. 

Past giant donations, many celebrities have discovered their very own methods to indicate their solidarity for each strikes, by both picketing exterior New York Metropolis and Los Angeles-based studios or getting candid about their experiences within the business. 

Mandy Moore, who starred as Rebecca Pearson for six seasons on the critically acclaimed present This Is Us, defined throughout an interview with The Hollywood Reporter final month that actors may very well be surviving on residuals between tasks if they’re paid pretty — however that’s not usually the case. 

“We’re in extremely lucky positions as working actors having been on reveals that discovered large success in a technique or one other … however many actors in our place for years earlier than us have been in a position to stay off of residuals or not less than pay their payments,” she advised the outlet, including that she acquired “very tiny, like, 81-cent checks” for streaming residuals for the NBC hit. 

Robert Carradine, who starred on Lizzie McGuire alongside Hilary Duff, introduced his personal receipts in assist of the strike, sharing a photograph through Instagram final week that exposed he earned “$0.00” in residuals for the present in August 2019, regardless of the whole sequence being accessible to stream on Disney+