Hey, ladies, don’t expect Jeremy Renner to help boost your paycheck, ‘cause dealing with the pay gap is not his calling.
“That’s not my job,” Renner told Business Insider during an event on Tuesday. “I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff.”
The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star said he supports equal pay for actors and actresses but would rather focus on his craft than salaries, which are normally negotiated by agents, managers and lawyers and not by talent, the outlet said.
Renner’s remarks come on the heels of his “American Hustle” costar Jennifer Lawrence’s admission (and admonition) of her lesser salary on their film that she enumerated in an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter earlier this month. Last year’s Sony Pictures hack revealed that “The Hunger Games” star and her “Hustle” costar Amy Adams earned significantly less than Renner, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale on the film, when Lawrence noted in her essay.
Following her essay, Cooper, Lawrence’s frequent leading man, told Reuters that he’s been teaming up with his female counterparts to negotiate salaries before starting work on a project together.
That appears to be what prompted Renner’s thoughts on the topic.
Meanwhile, even with the pay disparity, the “X-Men” actress was named Hollywood’s top-earning actress by Forbes earlier this year. The young Oscar winner earned an estimated $52 million, though that may pale in comparison to Tinseltown’s male top earner, Renner’s “Avengers” costar Robert Downey Jr., who reportedly racked up $80 million that same year.
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