I’ll turn down a film if my fe­male co­star isn’t paid the same: Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, whose pop­u­lar­ity soared with the TV show, Sher­lock, and who is now the su­per­hero Doc­tor Strange, has said that he wouldn’t say yes to a film if the mak­ers weren’t of­fer­ing equal pay to his fe­male costars. He told Ra­dio Times mag­a­zine, “Equal pay and a place at the ta­ble are the cen­tral tenets of fem­i­nism.”

The 41-year-old Bri­tish ac­tor added, “Ask what women are be­ing paid, and say, ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not do­ing it.’”

Cum­ber­batch also said that he’d be us­ing his po­si­tion in the in­dus­try, and his new pro­duc­tion com­pany, Sunny March, to sup­port more fe­male-fo­cused dra­mas. He said, “I’m proud that (part­ner) Adam (Ack­land) and I are the only men in our pro­duc­tion com­pany; our next project is a fe­male story with a fe­male lens about moth­er­hood, in a time of en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter. If it’s cen­tred around my name, to get in­vestors, then we can use that at­ten­tion for a raft of fe­male projects. Half the au­di­ence is fe­male!”

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