That headline is putting it mildly. Liam Neeson has actually been quoted as saying “the pay gap is f–king disgraceful.” During an interview for his latest film The Commuter, Neeson was asked to comment on the ongoing discussion about unequal pay between men and women in Hollywood.
Neeson applauded the actresses and female filmmakers who are speaking up and fighting for equal pay. He also added that men should also be taking responsibility for this current environment of disproportionate wages between the sexes. “We’re starting, and it’s starting with these extraordinary actresses and brave ladies,” he said. “We, as men, have got to be part of it, you know? We started it, so we have to be part of the solution.”
Here’s a clip from the interview:
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Neeson’s comments come on the heels of the #TimesUp movement pervading Hollywood at the moment. 300 actresses, executives, agents, and filmmakers launched the movement, designed to draw attention to gender equality and prevent sexual harassment both in Hollywood and beyond.
Many expressed outrage that E! host Catt Sadler learned that Jason Kennedy was paid significantly more than her, prompting her to quit. Equal outrage poured out when it was discovered that Mark Wahlberg earned reportedly 1,500 times more than Michelle Williams for reshoots for the movie All the Money in the World.