Scarlett Johansson Talks About the Writers’ Strike at The Premiere of “Asteroid City.” What Happens “will Forever Change how Revenue Is Calculated,” She Says.

At the New York opening of “Asteroid City” on Tuesday, the star-studded cast had a lot to say about the writer’s strike in Hollywood.

Scarlett Johansson, Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston, and Rupert Friend all talked about how they felt about the fight between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers while walking the white carpet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

“Whatever happens from here on out will change how income is calculated for good,” Johansson. “It’s something that’s needed to happen for a long time, that we’ve been talking about for a long time, and it’s finally hit this breaking point. We all creative people need to work together and support this huge change to get to the other side, which we will.

The WGA called for the strike on May 1 because it couldn’t come to a deal with the AMPTP. On June 7, SAG-AFTRA started talking with the big studios. A possible player strike could mess up the marketing for several big movies, like “Oppenheimer” by Christopher Nolan, “Barbie” by Greta Gerwig, and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” by Nickelodeon. SAG-AFTRA will talk to get rules about artificial intelligence, a better method for streaming residuals, and limits on self-taped auditions, among other things. The deal with the guild ends on June 30.

Cranston said, “Working on the Wes Anderson movie taught me how great it is to be around people.” “For a group of people above and below the line to work together. To eat meals together. To get to know each other and still do their work. It was a complete and all-around event. At this point in our business, AI is a threat to social interaction, and social interaction is often where ideas for a creative material start.

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Right now, check out any studio or network. It’s quiet. It’s vacant. There are six people in the building. Sadness is in the air. It doesn’t feel lively, creative, or busy. The fewer people who are involved, the less human it becomes. And the less interesting it is going to get.”

“These are very important issues that affect all of us,” said Brody. There is a lot of technology, which can be scary, and I get that. We are all here hoping that all the smart people will come up with an answer that works for everyone.

Steven Soderbergh recently said the business is at a “critical juncture.” Friend agreed.

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“Streaming and everything it brought to our business was a great addition,” said Friend. “I think some things that weren’t discussed when streaming started need to be discussed now. They have to do with writers getting paid fairly. I agree with the writers. They come up with the ideas for the content, so they should be paid fairly.”

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Last month, Anderson and other cast members went to the Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of “Asteroid City,” which will be shown in theaters on Friday by Focus Features.

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