“Adam Driver Stands in Solidarity with Hollywood Unions at Venice Film Festival”
– Actor Adam Driver attends the Venice Film Festival as one of the few stars able to do so under an agreement by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) allowing independent films to continue their promotional work.
– Driver expresses support for the unions and emphasizes the importance of standing with the people you work with, while promoting his film “Ferrari” directed by Michael Mann.
Adam Driver, known for his roles in films like “Star Wars” and “Marriage Story,” is among the few stars attending the Venice Film Festival due to an interim agreement by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). This agreement allows independent films to continue their promotional work despite ongoing strikes in Hollywood. Driver questions why smaller distribution companies like Neon and STX International can meet the demands of SAG while big companies like Netflix and Amazon cannot.
Driver plays the role of Enzo Ferrari, the racing car driver who founded the iconic Italian brand, in the film “Ferrari.” Directed by Michael Mann, the film is competing for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the festival. Driver expresses his solidarity with the unions by showing up at the festival, highlighting the importance of supporting the people you work with. Mann also voices his support for the strikers, stating that “Ferrari” was made possible because those involved in the film were willing to make sacrifices in terms of salaries and fees.
The strikes in Hollywood are primarily driven by concerns about pay in the streaming era and potential issues related to AI technology. Writers and actors have brought Hollywood to a standstill as they fight for fair compensation and protect their interests in an evolving industry.