Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep And Jennifer Lawrence Join Striking Actors

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Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, and Brad Pitt are a few of the 160 000 actors that were voted to strike.

Acting union bosses confirmed the strike on Thursday night, which caused the cast of Christopher Nolan’s military thriller “Oppenheimer” to abandon the premiere after the action was revealed. The decision will put Hollywood on the verge of a shutdown.

As stars including Cillian Murphy, 47, departed the London screening of “The Dark Knight,” the 52-year-old director of the film declared on stage:“I have to acknowledge the work of our incredible cast, led by Cillian Murphy.

“The list (of strikers) is enormous – Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Rami Malek and so many more. You’ve seen them here earlier on the red carpet.

“Unfortunately, they are off to write their picket signs for what we believe to be an imminent strike.”

If the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) approved a strike, Blunt, 40, had threatened to skip the premiere, stating:“If they call a strike, we’ll be leaving together as cast in unity with everyone.”

The action follows a breakdown in negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and representatives of streaming behemoths over how streaming profit splits and the potential effects of using artificial intelligence to replace actors would affect the industry.

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher said: “The companies have refused to engage on some topics meaningfully and on others completely stonewalled us.”

The majority of Hollywood’s film and television productions are expected to be delayed by the strike.

For the first time since 1960, writers and actresses have both gone on strike in protest over salary and working conditions.

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