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Matt Smith & Eliza Dushku Team Up for 'Mapplethorpe' Tribeca Film Festival Premiere!

Matt Smith gets in-between his co-star Eliza Dushku and director Ondi Timoner while attending the world premiere of their new film Mapplethorpe held during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theatre on Sunday (April 22) in New York City.

The trio were joined at the event by their cast mates Marianne Rendon, Brandon Sklenar, Thomas Philip O’Neill and McKinley Belcher.

Mapplethorpe revisits photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s legacy, beginning at the moment just before he takes up residence in the Chelsea Hotel. There, Mapplethorpe begins to amass a portfolio of images—and, at the same time, to explore his formerly supressed attraction to men. But Mapplethorpe’s relentless ambition—as he says in one early scene, “I can’t just be Mapplethorpe the photographer,” fancying himself a “modern Michelangelo”—threatens to tear apart the relationships he cherishes the most.

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The Crown's Matt Smith Speaks Out About Claire Foy Pay Disparity Controversy

The Crown star Matt Smith is speaking out about the controversial pay disparity between himself and co-star Claire Foy, which producers apologized for in March.

The actor revealed his thoughts in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere of Mapplethorpe at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday (April 22) in New York City.

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Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly. I support her completely, and I am pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for that because that what’s needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind we need to strive to make this better, a more even playing field, for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries.”

It is still unclear at this time whether Netflix and producers provided additional compensation to Claire upon the revelation of the disparity.

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Claire Foy Reacts to 'The Crown' Pay Gap Controversy

Claire Foy found herself at the center of a wage gap controversy where she was publicly outed as making less money as her co-star Matt Smith on Netflix’s The Crown, despite her having the starring role.

“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Claire told Entertainment Weekly. “But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

Producers have since apologized to Matt and Claire for being thrust into the spotlight over their salaries.

'The Crown' Producers Apologize to Claire Foy & Matt Smith Over Pay Disparity

Left Bank pictures, the company who produces Netflix’s The Crown, has issued a statement apologizing after a pay disparity between the stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith came to light.

“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the centre of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank said in a statement (via Variety). “As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.”

Matt has especially been getting attention after it was revealed he was paid more than Claire, and a petition emerged trying to get him to donate his salary to Time’s Up.

'The Crown' Announces Salary Parity After Claire Foy Revealed to Earn Less Than Matt Smith

The Crown is adjusting the pay of its stars.

Following the revelation that Matt Smith earned more than Claire Foy during the first two seasons of the hit show, producers announced on Tuesday (March 13) that they have adjusted their compensation rates.

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” executive producer Suzanne Mackie said at a conference in Israel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She also acknowledged that Matt‘s experience on Doctor Who is what fueled the initial salary disparity.

New actors are being brought in to replace both Claire and Matt‘s roles for the third and fourth seasons: Olivia Colman will take over for Claire as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip has yet to be announced.