George Clooney says SAG strike is ‘inflection point in our industry’

“This is an inflection point in our industry,” George Clooney said today, becoming one of the highest-profile players to speak out in support of striking SAG members.

In issuing a statement to the press in the last hour, the double Oscar winner said that “actors and writers in large numbers have lost their ability to earn a living” as he also put his weight behind the scribes in strike, who have been in dispute since May 2.

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“It’s an inflection point in our industry,” Clooney said. “For our industry to survive, this has to change. For actors, that journey begins now.

Clooney was speaking in the early hours of Los Angeles, with SAG members set to hit the picket lines in hours.

The SAG leadership formally ratified the strike yesterday after AMPTP negotiations broke down which were extended for two weeks but yielded little. The argument should rumble on for a while. The writers’ strike has been going on for nearly three months and shows no signs of stopping.

As the strike was ratified yesterday, the A-listers of the Oppenheimer premiere of which Emily Blunt and Matt Damon left the screening in solidarity with striking actors.

Clooney just wrapped an MGM movie The boys in the boat.

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