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Ashton Kutcher Supports Natalie Portman After Revealing He Made A Lot More for 'No Strings Attached'

Ashton Kutcher Supports Natalie Portman After Revealing He Made A Lot More for 'No Strings Attached'

Natalie Portman is getting Ashton Kutcher‘s support after she spoke out about their No Strings Attached pay scale disparity.

Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached. I knew and I went along with it,” Natalie recently revealed. The movie was released in 2011.

Ashton took to Twitter this week to send his support to Natalie after speaking out about the disparity.

“So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!,” Ashton tweeted.

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  • Cruizin1960

    Here’s a question that needs to be answered. Would Portman have brought in as much box office for this movie as Kutcher? If so, then they should have been paid the same…if not, her value to the film is not as great.

  • JJ

    Here’s another question, why didn’t he stand up for her to get the same wage ?

  • John Dow

    He is a liberal and words speak louder than actions for people like him :)

  • neil

    I was wondering what he would say considering his wife and Natalie are friends.

  • neil

    I was wondering what he would say considering his wife and Natalie are friends.

  • Sam

    You know you could have really easily looked this up? The pay gap in Hollywood rarely has to do with actors bringing in more at the box office. Let’s look at their ten films prior to No Strings Attached:

    His:
    Killers (co-lead) – grossed $98 million on a $75 million budget
    Valentine’s Day (ensemble) – grossed $216 million on $52 million budget
    Spread (lead) – grossed $12 million on a $4.8 million budget
    What Happens in Vegas (colead) – $219 million on a $35 million budget
    Bobby (ensemble) – $20 million on a $14 million budget
    Open Season (voice, co-lead) – $197 million on an $85 million budget
    The Guardian (co-lead) – $94 million on a $80 million budget
    A Lot Like Love (co-lead) – $42 million on a $30 million budget
    Guess Who (co-lead) – $101 million on a $35 million budget
    The Butterfly Effect (lead) – $96 million on a $13 million budget

    Her ten previous films:

    Black Swan (lead) – grossed $329 million on a $13 million budget
    Brothers (co-lead) – grossed $43 million on a $26 million budget
    My Blueberry Nights (ensemble) – grossed $21 million on a $10 million budget
    The Other Boleyn Girl (co-lead) – grossed $77 million on a $35 million budget
    Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (co-lead) – grossed $69 million on a $65 million budget
    Goya’s Ghosts (co-lead) – grossed $9 million on a $50 million budget
    Paris, je t’aime (ensemble) – grossed $17 million on a $13 million budget
    Free Zone (co-lead) – grossed $410 thousand on a $1 million budget
    V for Vendetta (co-lead) – grossed $132 million on a $54 million budget
    Star Wars: Episode 3 (co-lead/ensemble) – grossed $848 million on a $113 million budget

    Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium was Portman’s only American flop. Her other low performing films were all foreign films films; one Spanish, one Israeli, one French. Looking at only her English-language/American movies then it’s:

    Close (ensemble) – grossed $115 million on $27 million budget
    Garden State (co-lead) – grossed $34 million on a $2.5 million budget
    Cold Mountain (ensemble) – grossed $173 million on a $79 million budget

    Foreign experience is considered negligible by American studios but just restricting it to the ten films prior to NSA regardless of nationality, Portman’s box office hauls are on par with his in terms of producing a profit. He wasn’t *more* likely to turn NSA into a box office success than she was. Six of his (all English-language American) films made at least twice their budget, while six of hers did as well. (In terms of American films, which is what studios look to, it’s nine of hers giving her a more solid track record in American theaters.)

    So there’s really no justification for paying him three times what she was paid, especially when she just came off of winning an Oscar for Black Swan, a film she carried that grossed over $300 million. Something Kutcher hadn’t done and still hasn’t done.

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  • Grunge Groupie

    They both make different types of movies. No Strings is a comedy, any woman could have played her role but there are only a few male comedic leading men.

  • Sam

    And even fewer male comedic leading men who are actually talented. Kutcher, in my opinion, isn’t one of them.

  • Saltydog

    this was made, or at least the contracts were signed, before she won the Oscar though

  • Sam

    Okay. The rest stands.