Diane Kruger, the German-American actress known for both her art-house films and large-scale productions, said the current strike crippling Hollywood was partly due to the studios being “stingy.”
Aged 47, half of which she has spent as an actress, the former supermodel wasn’t shy about speaking out about the historic protest movement of Hollywood actors and writers while attending the Angouleme French-language film festival in western France, where she presented the feature film “Visions” by French director Yann Gozlan.
“Creation and originality are things that we must protect at all costs,” the winner of Best Female Performance at Cannes 2017 told AFP, referring to artificial intelligence, one of the key points of this strike.
“But it’s not just that. (…) This strike is really due to studios in the United States being stingy. That doesn’t happen in France,” he added.
You have to know “how people are paid. The working hours are incredible; a normal day there is between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.,” the actress said.
Kruger isn’t the first famous actress to rebel against the methods of big production studios. In July, actors from the powerful union SAG-AFTRA joined the writers in their struggle.
The fight doesn’t seem to let up. Faced with this situation, the presentation of the Emmy Awards, the most prestigious awards on American television, was announced in August that they would be postponed by almost four months.
The same goes for the Venice Film Festival, which is the pinnacle of all film festivals and is stripped of its usual Hollywood star spree at the end of August.
France is like a bubble in comparison, says the actress, who has worked both under the direction of the American Quentin Tarantino and with the French Fabienne Berthaud.