We haven’t had a good ‘Wage gap’ story in a while. Earlier today, it was reported by TMZ that the stars of the newest Disney film Jungle Cruise Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt are not getting paid the same amount and some people are upset.
According to the report, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting paid $22 million to play the lead role of Frank in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, over double that of Emily Blunt, who is only making $9 million to play Lily. Now at first glance to some, this looks like a disgusting example of sexism, but of course, common sense tells another story.
The Rock has been one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood the last 5 years. As a lead, his movies have grossed over 4.8 Billion dollars making him one of the top paid stars and biggest box office draws. Emily Blunt, on the other hand, has only grossed 1.6 billion in her time as the lead. It also doesn’t help her case that her current film Mary Poppin Returns (which is also a Disney film) is currently tanking at the box office only making 93 million of it’s 130 million production budget in just 2 weeks.
We will see if The Rock becomes the newest target of the outrage mob that forced Mark Wahlberg to donate his pay when it was discovered he made 1.2 million dollars for reshoots of the All the Money In the World movie while his co-star Michelle Williams did them for free. Rock also has an upcoming movie called Red Notice which costars Gal Gadot and you can best believe the paycheck of the stars will be a subject of debate in Hollywood and the media. Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie hits theaters on July 24, 2020.
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