Adam Driver, the acclaimed actor known for his roles in films like “Star Wars” and “Marriage Story,” took aim at streaming giants Amazon and Netflix during a recent appearance at the Venice Film Festival. Driver commended smaller distribution companies for meeting the demands set by SAG-AFTRA, the influential actors’ union, raising questions as to why larger companies like Amazon and Netflix cannot do the same.
Speaking at a press conference, Driver expressed his support for the ongoing strike by SAG-AFTRA, which began in mid-July, demanding better pay and improved working conditions for performers. He commended smaller companies for finding ways to meet the union’s demands and ensure fair treatment for actors.
Driver’s criticism stems from larger streaming companies’ failure to reach agreements with SAG-AFTRA, despite their significant resources. He expressed his confusion as to why Amazon and Netflix, with their vast reach and influence, cannot prioritize the well-being of their performers.
The concerns expressed by SAG-AFTRA go beyond pay and working conditions. The union has also voiced worries about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and control over performers’ likenesses. This issue has gained traction within the industry, with the Writers Guild of America also initiating a strike in May over similar concerns.
In more positive news, Driver’s highly-anticipated biopic “Ferrari” is set for release on December 25. With Driver in the lead role, the film explores the life of Enzo Ferrari, the iconic founder of the luxury sports car brand.
As the Venice Film Festival continues to showcase a diverse range of films and bring important industry discussions to the forefront, Driver’s criticisms highlight the ongoing struggles facing performers within the entertainment industry. The support from prominent actors like Driver underscores the need for larger streaming companies to prioritize the demands set by unions like SAG-AFTRA, ensuring a fair and sustainable future for performers in the digital age.
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