The ‘Before’ Movies Aren't So Romantic Now We Know How Little Julie Delpy Was Paid

"The first movie I think I was paid maybe a tenth of what Ethan was paid."

July Delpy has revealed she refused to come back for Before Midnight until she was paid the same amount as Ethan Hawke – and believe me, you’re in for a shock when you find out how much she made on Before Sunrise.

In an interview with Variety’s Guy Lodge at the Zurich Film Festival, Delpy explained just how bad her salary was in comparison to Hawke’s.

“You know it’s funny. I spent my life being criticized for criticizing the fact there wasn’t enough women [in this industry].”

“I was very outspoken all my life and it gave me the reputation of being a pain in the ass. I was raised by two feminists. I think of equality as something that should be a complete normal thing. I am completely behind #MeToo, Time’s Up, and all this.

“Everyone is talking about equality and we need to help women, but as a woman you know you’re being paid less as a writer, as a director, as an actress. On the Before movies, the first movie I think I was paid maybe a tenth of what Ethan was paid. The second movie I was paid half. The third movie I said if I’m not paid the same I’m not doing it.”

A tenth?! That is actually ridiculous.

Delpy and Hawke starred in 1995’s Before Sunrise, 2004’s Before Sunset and 2013’s Before Midnight, and no doubt you’re reconsidering just how ‘romantic’ those movies are now…

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Since Before Midnight’s release six years ago, fans have been waiting for news the actors and writer/director Richard Linklater will collaborate for a fourth time.

However, in 2017, Hawke told The Independent he thought that Before Midnight made Jesse and Celine’s story feel complete, but didn’t rule out doing another one.

“If it were to continue it would change shape,” Hawke said, “It would be something else. Julie, Rick and I might work together again, we might revisit those characters but it’ll need a new burst of energy. I don’t know what it is. We’re not allowed to think about it until five years after – that’s how we’ve done it every time. So we’re gonna meet five years after the release of Before Midnight, talk about it and see where we wind up.”

Five years after the film’s release was last year, but we have yet to hear any updates on a fourth Before movie.

Linklater, however, has addressed Delpy’s comments about equal pay, telling IndieWire, “Gender pay inequality is a huge issue in our society and every employer and lawmaker should be doing everything they possibly can to correct flagrant examples of discrimination that should have been resolved a generation or two ago.”

He added that “nobody was getting paid much at all” on the Before movies as they had such low budgets, saying Hawke was actually taking pay cuts to be involved in the project.

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“Salaries are negotiated by agents behind the scenes on behalf of their clients, and Ethan Hawke did get paid a little more than Julie Delpy on the first two of these films,” Linklater writes.

“No one involved in the productions considered this an injustice in 1994 because Julie was just getting established in the U.S. while Ethan was one of the biggest stars in his age range, getting offered seemingly every project in the industry. It’s likely the trilogy would not exist if Ethan didn’t choose to come to Vienna that summer and work for a fraction of what he could have been making on another project.”

He interestingly added that there were no demands on Julie’s end for Before Midnight because “she was never offered anything less”.

“I don’t doubt that Julie was determined to receive equal pay for Before Midnight, I just want to be clear that she did not have to negotiate or demand it and that she was never offered anything less.”

He finished by saying, “How the industry compensates artists is always vulgar and not based on actual WORTH – we all know that. Life isn’t fair, and neither is Hollywood, but it seems that while the most glaring examples of gender pay inequality exist in the more commercial undertakings, it’s up to everyone to do everything they can to demand transparency and this long-overdue equality at whatever level they find themselves.”

People Are Really Sad That Natalie Portman Isn't Wearing A Nappy In Her Film 'Lucy In The Sky'

"I don’t know what’s that about.”

Fans are apparently quite upset about the fact that Natalie Portman doesn’t wear a nappy in her new movie Lucy in the Sky, which is based on the true story of former astronaut Lisa Nowak.

Speaking on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Portman explained why she’s received some backlash, “The original story was that this woman drove across the country to kind of confront — or kidnap, depending on the version…her boyfriend and his new girlfriend, and she wore a diaper so that she didn’t have to stop on the way.”

“We didn’t do that in the movie, and everyone’s like, ‘Where’s the diaper?’” she said. “Everyone’s really upset to not see me in a diaper. I don’t know what’s that about.”

Yeah, weird.

So, in the movie Portman plays Lucy Cola, based on Nowak, a former robotics specialist who traveled into space in 2006. Cola starts having an affair with fellow astronaut Mark Goodwin (Jon Hamm), but things get messy when he starts dating another woman. In Nowak’s story the man’s name is Wiliam Oefelein.

Now, the real-life version of the story goes like this…

When Nowak’s relationship with Oefelein broke down, she drove from Houston to Orlando to confront his new girlfriend, U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman.

The New York Times reports that Nowak had a steel mallet, a knife with a four-inch blade, a BB gun and a map to Shipman’s house. She also apparently wore a nappy (or a diaper if you’re in the US), so she didn’t have to stop for unnecessary toilet breaks.

Nowak was later arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and murder.

Portman also spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the decision not to include the nappy part of the story because it was “the most salient, tabloid-y detail” of Nowak’s story.

“Oh, the diaper sadness… It was an interesting detail, because it was something that seemed so radical to all of us listening to it,” she says.

“But actually it’s part of an astronaut’s life. They wear diapers the whole time because that’s what you do in space. It’s not like it would be an unusual choice. It seems a lot nuttier if that’s not something you do every day. But I guess I still have a diaper movie in my future to fulfill everyone’s expectations.”

Lucy in the Sky is set for release on October 4.

Matt Reeves May Have Found His First Villain And Commissioner Gordon For The New Batman Flick

This casting would be amazing!

Matt Reeves’ new Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson may have found its first villain and Commissioner Gordon.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jonah Hill is in talks to play either The Penguin or The Riddler in the new flick. However, THR reports the talks are “at an early and sensitive stage” as the actor and the studio reportedly can’t seem to agree on which character he’ll play, so there’s a chance they might not reach an agreement.

Variety also reports, “Producers had long wanted Hill for the project, but casting decisions were put on hold until the role of Batman was filled. The deal hasn’t closed and sources say it could still fall apart, but both sides are engaging on Hill joining.”

Back in January, Instagram user @TheMainManCreation made this picture to show what Hill would like as the Penguin, and he looks pretty bloody awesome!

Meanwhile, THR also reports Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright is in the running to play Commissioner Jim Gordon.

It’s unknown at this stage whether Gordon will be police commissioner or a detective at the Gotham City Police Department.

In recent years Gary Oldman played the role in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, while J.K. Simmons briefly played the character in Zach Snyder’s Justice League. The OC’s Benjamin McKenzie also played Gordon as a young detective in Gotham.

If Wright does land the role it’ll make him the first person of colour to play Commissioner Gordon in a live-action movie. Before Wright was rumoured to star, Mahershala Ali was believed to be the top choice for the role according to ScreenRant.

The Batman is rumoured to be more of a detective-noir style film that still takes place in the DCEU and will see a number of villains pop up. It’s set for release on June 25, 2021.

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