Funds to aid striking actors
Harrison Ford, in his first major show of support for striking union actors, has matched Kevin Spacey’s $100,000 donation to aid union members who have exhausted their financial resources during the five-month work stoppage.
Ford designated the donation for the strike relief fund of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, equaling Spacey’s gift as the largest so far. SAG launched the fund last month with a $500,000 endowment, with other donations coming from Jay Leno, George Clooney, Britney Spears and ‘N Sync.
“We’re thrilled by this extremely generous contribution by Mr. Ford,” foundation exec director Marcia Smith said. “Many of our members haven’t worked since before the strike started and have nowhere to turn except for the strike relief fund.”
SAG, which began striking May 1 with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, has also credited Ford with securing a union-approved interim agreement for a Fiat commercial in which he was set to appear. The union said the spot, which will be broadcast in Europe, was not shot until after Ford was assured that an interim deal was in place.