Charlie Kaufman Calls Disney CEO Bob Iger ‘Dishonest’ Over Wage – IndieWire

Charlie Kaufman is asking out Disney CEO Bob Iger over his strike response.

Iger initially argued the continuing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are “very disturbing” and “disruptive” to Hollywood post-COVID. The studio govt additionally claimed that the wage calls for from each unions are “not real looking.” Iger later added that he has “deep respect” for creatives amid the AMPTP negotiations.

Oscar winner Kaufman reacted to Iger’s statements throughout an interview with Selection whereas on the Sarajevo Movie Pageant.

“I’m questioning if his wage is real looking,” Kaufman stated in response to Iger. “I believe saying one thing like that, from the place he’s in, is cynical. Or dishonest.”

As for studio executives as a complete, Kaufman continued, “I believe they grasp it. I believe they know that their cash comes from different folks not getting cash…It’s disgusting, as a result of they don’t do something. No, they do harm is what they do. They do harm to the artwork type. And by doing that, they do harm to humanity. And if every little thing is concerning the backside line for them and saving cash, then there’s nothing left to the artwork type.”


THE MONKEY KING - (L-R) LIN (voiced by Jolie Hoang-Rappaport) and MONKEY KING (Jimmy O. Yang). Cr: Netflix © 2023

He added, “[Studio heads] usually are not ushering in any sort of lovely work by their presence. They’re sort of doing the alternative of that. And I believe it’s evidenced in what Hollywood produces, and the way the costlier a film is, the much less worth it has to the tradition.”

As a substitute, Kaufman argued that filmmakers can be “[better] served by extra locations that aren’t beneath the management” of main studios, like indie movies.

As for the continuing debate over using AI whereas writing scripts, Kaufman known as the introduction of that dependency on expertise an “terribly harmful slippery slope” for writers.

“As soon as it’s gone down, there’s no return,” he stated. “It’s the top of creativity for human beings, is what it’s going to result in. It’s handing it over to a non-sentient, non-feeling, non-rebellious entity….If we cease creating ourselves, then we’re giving up one thing…that’s primal, that’s important, that’s been a part of human expertise — and essential to human expertise — so long as there have been people. Since there have been cave work. It’s an urge, a need to specific the expertise of being alive.”

Kaufman summed up, “I don’t assume it’s a lesser urge than consuming or intercourse or something. I believe it’s primal. If we don’t perceive that it’s primal, and if we’re taught that it’s not, then I’m afraid for us.”

The “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts” screenwriter beforehand stated that the one movies that studios greenlight are “rubbish” and that AI will simply hold making “shit” films if given the prospect.

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