‘Oppenheimer’ Stars Leave UK Film Premiere as Hollywood Begins Strike

  • Publish date: Thursday، 13 July 2023
‘Oppenheimer’ Stars Leave UK Film Premiere as Hollywood Begins Strike

At Thursday's Oppenheimer premiere in London, director Christopher Nolan announced to the audience that the cast had gone and was "off to write their picket signs" in support of SAG-AFTRA's strike.

Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and other members of the movie Oppenheimer cast left the film's London premiere. They showed up on the red carpet for the scheduled press conferences earlier in the day. 

"They are off to write their picket signs for what we believe to be an imminent strike by SAG, joining one of my guilds, the Writers Guild, in the struggle for fair wages for working members of their union,” announced director Christopher Nolan.

Emily Blunt said on the red carpet earlier, "I think right now we are just sorting of … I hope everyone makes a fair deal and we are here to celebrate this movie. And if they call it, we’ll be leaving together as cast in unity with everyone … We are gonna have to. We are gonna have to. We will see what happens. Right now it’s the joy to be together.”

Since Ronald Reagan presided over the Screen Actors Guild in 1960, this will be the first time since 1980 that actors have gone on strike against the film and television industry. It will also mark the first time since 1960 that writers have also gone on strike at the same time. Friday morning marks the day the picketing is scheduled to begin.

All SAG-AFTRA-represented movies and scripted TV shows will be canceled in the US and throughout the rest of the world if the actors go on strike. Productions of soap operas are not impacted because they are covered by a different agreement.

The writers' strike has now lasted more than 70 days and there is no sign of an end in sight.

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