Salma Hayek: Male actors may need to take pay cuts

Salma Hayek: Male actors may need to take pay cuts

"I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the Cannes film festival, which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced a year ago.

The gender pay gap, however, will take far longer to close, Hayek said.

Speaking about pay, she said: "If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses". "It is a well-known fact, if you are a woman of color, people believe what you say less".

In a discussion with the Radio Times, Cumberbatch called on male actors to step up to the plate and refuse to take more money than what their female counterparts were being paid, even going as far as to reject work outright. "Otherwise they will kill the movie".

"A lot of lovely, peaceful men have been the victims of the bullying of men", she declared, saying it was "an exciting time" for men in Hollywood.

"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". "If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects".

Hayek, who has been vocal about the alleged mistreatment she was subjected to by Harvey Weinstein, said that although she's glad to see women speak up against imbalances of power, she wishes it hadn't taken so many years.

"For years, he was my monster", Hayek wrote in an op-ed published in December by The New York Times.

"We should have been angrier sooner", she said.

Weinstein's lawyers denied the claims made by Hayek, stating: "All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired". "I personally think that the movement of the students after the attack in Florida had to do with what they saw happening with the #MeToo movement". "Men have the opportunity, which is so handsome, to rethink what does it mean to be a man".

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