Benedict Cumberbatch has claimed will only accept projects where his female co-stars get equal pay. Speaking to Radio Times in an interview, the Sherlock star said, “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.”
“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,” he added. The actor was speaking at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival 2018. He further said, “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 centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects. Half the audience is female!”
Several high-profile examples of pay inequality between male and female co-stars have made headlines in recent months and years, ranging from projects like The Crown, Westworld, Everybody Knows and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” the Avengers: Infinity War actor added.