Event though Amy Adams had more screen time in the shit show that was American Hustle, it was Jennifer Lawrence who penned an essay about wage equality. Although her co-star Bradley Cooper has come out in support of fighting this very real thing, Jeremy Renner ain’t got time for that.
Business Insider asked Jeremy Renner, who also starred in “American Hustle,” if he would also be willing to negotiate alongside his female co-stars on future projects. He also was paid more than Adams and Lawrence for his role in the film, according to a Sony email leaked during the hack on the company. “That’s not my job,” Renner said, while taking part in an intimate press day on Tuesday for the new “One Life/Live Them” campaign he’s doing for Rémy Martin Cognac. “I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff,” Renner went on to say. Adding he fully supports actresses receiving equal pay as actors, he said he’s more focused on his craft than what everyone is making. “I’m a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that,” said the two-time Oscar nominee. “I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on.”
Granted, Renner probably should have phrased this a little better, but he makes a point. What Jennifer Lawrence made wasn’t his responsibility. She’s reportedly making $7M more than her co-star, Chris Pratt, in Passengers. Does she plan to update her essay with that? No? Then what exactly are we talking about here? Look, it’s sad that wage inequality is still a thing, but Jeremy Renner’s biggest paycheck to date is from playing a superhero whose only power is being good with a bow and arrow. It’s not like he can afford to stand on a negotiating table with Jennifer Lawrence with his fist in the air. Let’s not chop off this dude’s head because Sony decided to chop off Jennifer’s.
Look at all this gender equality: