Hollywood is all about megabucks, but it looks like it’s the men calling the shots. Leading lady, Gwyneth Paltrow, was recently talking about the disparity in the paycheck and how little women stand to make in Hollywood. She was very candid about the issue on Variety’s “Power of Women” magazine issue.
It is a well known fact that men get the biggest paychecks when it comes to those who act in Hollywood’s big blockbusters. Leading ladies, Scarlett Johannson and Gwyneth Paltrow made a lot less than leading man Robert Downey Jr from the Iron Man series of films. Gwyneth confessed to earning only the tenth of what Robert Downey Jr. earns in a year. The disparity is astounding considering that the lady actors work just as hard as the men-folk of the industry.
But people can make the case that Iron Man was all about the character Robert Downey Jr. played and he was practically present in every frame of the film. Pepper Potts though important, only plays a secondary role as Iron Man’s love interest. But we cannot extend the argument if there was news about Scarlett Johansson earning less than Downey Jr. in the Avengers movie. She is as important to the film as Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in the film. But we can bet out bottom dollar that the “Black Widow” got paid a lot less than “Iron Man” in the film.
It would be wrong to assume that the women are always let down by Hollywood. Actresses like Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow, who can often pull crowds at the box office on their own without a sterling supporting cast do charge more for each movie. But the paycheck drawn by these actresses is always smaller than the one that the big male stars get. It is enough to ruffle the feathers of some of these leading ladies. Gwyneth Paltrow declares that it is so bad, “it’s sh__tty!”
US Magazine reported the news first.
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