Why Newman gave Sarandon part of his salary

Publish Date
Saturday, 10 March 2018, 12:46PM

Do you need another reason to love Paul Newman? Well, here it is.

Susan Sarandon has revealed that, back in 1998, when they filmed the crime drama Twilight together, Paul Newman gave her some of his salary to ensure equal pay.

Sarandon revealed the gesture during an interview with BBC Radio 5.

"Emma Stone came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs," Sarandon said, referencing an interview Stone gave in 2007. "That happened to me with Paul Newman at one point when I did a film with him ages ago."

"When they said it was favoured nations — but they only meant the two guys — he stepped forward and said, 'Well, I'll give you part of mine'," she added.

Favoured nations mean all actors receive the same accommodation and contractual provision as their co-stars.

"He was a gem," she added.

"It makes everything more interesting to raise the stakes all around and to have a more diverse cast and to have other points of view," Sarandon said. "I think anybody that's with half a brain understands that."

Sarandon's comments in the interview come at a time when equal pay is increasingly in the spotlight.

The gender pay gap in Hollywood has been in the news recently, with stars coming forward about the inequality within the industry.

Mark Wahlberg recently announced he was donating $1.5 million to the Time's Up legal defense fund, after the large pay gap between him and his All the Money in the World co-star Michelle Williams was revealed.