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Sarah Sarandon reveals Paul Newman topped up her fee to close pay gap

The actress, 71, worked with Newman on 1998 neo-noir thriller Twilight, which also starred Gene Hackman and Reese Witherspoon.


Susan Sarandon has revealed her co-star Paul Newman once gave up a portion of his salary to top-up her lower fee.

The actress, 71, worked with Newman on 1998 neo-noir thriller Twilight, which also starred Gene Hackman and Reese Witherspoon.

After the negotiation term Favoured Nation - which ensures each actor in a film is paid the same as their co-stars - was only applied to the two men in the film, Newman volunteered some of his fee.

Susan Sarandon (right) has revealed her co-star Paul Newman (centre) once gave up a portion of his salary to top-up her lower fee

Sarandon told BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday: 'Emma Stone once came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs. 

'That happened to me with Paul Newman at one point, when I did a film with him ages ago.'

She added Newman, who died aged 83 in 2008, had 'stepped forward and said 'Well, I'll give you part of mine'. So yeah - he was a gem.'

The actress, 71, worked with Newman on 1998 neo-noir thriller Twilight (pictured in the film)

The actress, 71, worked with Newman on 1998 neo-noir thriller Twilight, which also starred Gene Hackman and Reese Witherspoon.

The actress, 71, also said she believes there will 'always be a casting couch' in Hollywood.

'Ithink what will go away is the unwanted exchange, but I think that giving yourself sexually, or being drawn to power and wanting to have sex with someone that's in power is also a choice.'

'What we don't want to have is being exploited and to have the Harvey Weinsteins of the world holding it over your head and holding it over your project - that is the most despicable.' 

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