“Empire” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” actor Taraji P. Henson discusses the challenges black actors have to overcome in Hollywood. Grace Baldridge, Michael Shure, and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/join
“Taraji P. Henson is spilling all the tea about Hollywood’s mistreatment of black stars in her new memoir, Around the Way Girl.
In an excerpt from the book, released Tuesday, the actress recounts a story about wage negotiations for her 2008 movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” While stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett received millions to be in the film, she says she was promised “somewhere in the mid six figures” for her role as Benjamin Button’s adoptive mother, Queenie.
And yet, according to Henson, the producers of the film low-balled her. Henson writes that her agent told her that instead of the mid six figures, the highest the studio was willing to go was in “the lowest of six figures.”
“There was one other thing,” Henson reveals in the book. “I’d have to agree to pay my own location fees while filming in New Orleans, meaning three months of hotel expenses would be coming directly out of my pocket. Insult, meet injury.”
Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/taraji-p-henson-made-under-2-percent-of-brad-pitts-benjamin-button-salary_us_5800f653e4b06e0475944e90
Hosts: Grace Baldridge, Michael Shure, Brett Erlich
Cast: Grace Baldridge, Michael Shure, Brett Erlich
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