A-list actors offer $150M to end SAG strike

As the actors’ strike approaches its 100th day, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Some big stars are putting their money where their mouth is.

Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, like George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Scarlett Johansson, are offering to give SAG-AFTRA over $150 million to help end the strike.

Deadline reported that the actors met with SAG members, which included President Fran Drescher and National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.

Their solution is to remove the cap of SAG-AFTRA dues to help fund the areas of the union that need some help.

Striking actors picket outside Paramount studios in Los Angeles on Friday, July 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Clooney himself spoke to the outlet to explain their plan.

“A lot of the top earners want to be part of the solution,” he said. “We’ve offered to remove the cap on dues, which would bring over $50 million to the union annually. Well over $150 million over the next three years. We think it’s fair for us to pay more into the union. We also are suggesting a bottom-up residual structure — meaning the top of the call sheet would be the last to collect residuals, not the first. These negotiations will be ongoing, but we wanted to show that we’re all in this together and find ways to help close the gap on actors getting paid.”

It is a laudable proposal, but sources tell Variety that the idea didn’t “go over” so well and the “didn’t see the validity” of the proposal.

KTLA has reached out to SAG-AFTRA for comment and is awaiting a response.

SAG-AFTRA members have been on strike since July after negotiations with Hollywood studios and streaming services failed to produce a deal.

The WGA ended its strike in late September.

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