Dwayne Johnson’s donation could help 7,000 to 10,000 members through the union’s Emergency Financial Assistance program, union leaders said on Variety today. This money ensures thousands of people get food, travel and care for their children while unemployed.
Shortly after the Screen Actors Guild – Federation of American Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced the union would go on strike, president Courtney B Vance and chief executive Cyd Wilson sent out a letter to the actors with the highest income to call for financial help to colleagues who are having difficulty due to stopping work during this time. Wilson said, when he received the letter, Dwayne Johnson replied that he was ready to help. “He said: ‘At a time like this, I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. You can do whatever you need me to’. That sent a big, pervasive message to the people. other”, Wilson said.
According to Wilson, this is the largest donation the association has received from an individual. It is not known exactly how much Dwayne donated, but according to HuffPost , the number is up to millions of dollars. The association thanks actor Black Adam for his “extraordinary generosity and historic donation”.
In July, Hollywood saw a historic strike as actors union members and screenwriters fought for better pay and protections against unauthorized use of the image. themselves through artificial intelligence (AI). This is the first time in 63 years that both SAG-AFTRA (which includes 150,000 actors) and the Screenwriters Guild of America (WGA) go on strike at the same time. The strike began at midnight on July 13 and has shown no sign of ending.