The Rock Makes Enormous Donation to Assist Placing Actors

Dwayne Johnson attends the ninety fifth Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.
Picture: Emma McIntyre (Getty Photos)

Film stars make tens of millions, however many working actors wrestle to make ends meet—a problem that’s gotten extra consciousness due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Whereas union members fight Hollywood studios for fair contracts, probably the most well-known performers on the planet is sharing a few of his luck.

In keeping with a report in Variety, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has made a “seven-figure donation,” precise quantity not revealed, to the SAG-AFTRA Basis (“a non-profit group related to the union, however not a part of it”), answering a plea despatched out to 2,700 of the guild’s highest-paid members to assist offset monetary hardships caused by the strike. (The union has 160,000 members whole, based on the commerce, so you’ll be able to see how unbalanced the scales are.)

“We depend on donations and grants to offer companies,” the group’s govt director Cyd Wilson instructed Selection, noting that the group additionally reached out to its most financially solvent members for assist throughout the pandemic. “However after we hit a disaster like this and we’re going to spend tens of millions and tens of millions of {dollars} in monetary help, that is after we want our high-profile expertise who can afford it, who’re in a state of affairs to assist others.”

Added Wilson, “It’s the most important single donation that we’ve ever acquired from one particular person at one time. And what’s superb is that that one verify goes to assist 1000’s of actors maintain meals on their desk, and maintain their children protected, and maintain their vehicles operating. And it’s not misplaced on me that he’s very humble about this, however it’s a strategy to get us began.”

Head to Variety to learn the total interview with Wilson and SAG-AFTRA Basis president Courtney B. Vance—and right here’s hoping different deep-pocketed actors step as much as assist others of their business.

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