Jamie Lee Curtis is more than familiar with the horrors of Hollywood, on screen and in real life, so there might not be a better person for an actor facing a big studio to have around the corner.
Consider Scarlett Johansson in good company, as Curtis has fiercely defended her in her ongoing legal battle with Disney over the hybrid release of Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” this summer.
In a lawsuit filed in July, Johansson claimed that Disney had broken his contract and damaged his salary to increase its own streaming service by simultaneously dropping the much-delayed blockbuster in theaters and on Disney +.
While Johansson’s public supporters were few in number, Curtis didn’t mince words in an article honoring Johansson as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for its annual issue.
“I recently watched his own screen as Black Widow, who takes revenge on a powerful character who manipulates (the emphasis is on the male) women to fight for him,” Curtis wrote in a essay published Wednesday. And then I saw her brilliant response to actual manipulation (same emphasis), when she filed a breach of contract complaint against the studio, alleging that her decision to release the film simultaneously in theaters and streaming has cost substantial losses in earnings.
“Whether it’s as an assassin with a conscience, an actor with an emotional center, or, just giving birth to her second child, a fierce mother, the message is clear: don’t fuck with that mom bear,” continued Curtis.
The “Halloween” star said she “always felt a kinship” with Johansson on their joint anniversary, but her appreciation deepened when Johansson portrayed his real mother Janet Leigh in the 2012 biopic. “Hitchcock”.
“We talked, she wanted to understand my mother’s inner life. There were obvious points of contact: they shared Danish roots, a passion for acting and multiple talents, ”recalls Curtis. “There’s a moment in this movie that surprises me, where I look at Scarlett and she’s my mom.”
Curtis’ comments come days after Johansson co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared alongside him in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” addressed the trial, calling it “a bit messy”.
Fellow Avenger Elizabeth Olsen has been Johansson’s most supportive Marvel co-star.
“I think she’s so harsh and literally when I read I was like ‘Good for you Scarlett’,” Olsen said, reacting to the news of the trial. “When it comes to actors and their income, I mean, it’s fair, it’s just all the contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not.
The legal battle between Johansson and Disney became even more controversial after the studio said its lawsuit showed “ruthless indifference to the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The statement was widely criticized at the time, with Johansson’s agent calling it a “direct attack on his character” and blaming the studio for “shamelessly and falsely” accusing the actor of being “insensitive to him. the global COVID pandemic, with the goal of making her appear to be someone they and I know she isn’t.
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