Academy Award-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch vows to not take roles in films in which his female co-stars would not receive equal pay. The Avengers: Infinity War star shared his new career intentions in a recent interview.
Cumberbatch’s new career plans will find him starring in films in which his actresses involved will receive equal pay:
“It’s about implementation. Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism. Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”
Cumberbatch has a new production company called SunnyMarch, and intends to bring more female-centric stories to the forefront. He explained the makeup of SunnyMarch staff and teased at an upcoming project:
“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!”
Before he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch continued up his career trajectory as one of the most respected actors of his generation. Cumberbatch has become a recognizable name thanks to major roles, including his Academy Award-nominated turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch intends to use his leverage in the industry to help change the tides so actresses will receive equal pay to their male counterparts on a broader scale.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright.
Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters now.
Source: Radio Times