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Chris Rock: 'Jennifer Lawrence's pay would struggle even more if she was black'

Published 31/12/2015

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

Chris Rock has waded into Jennifer Lawrence's pay gap row.

Chris Rock thinks Jennifer Lawrence would have a lot more to complain about money wise if she was a black actress.

The American comedian has waded into Jennifer’s pay gap row in Hollywood, and suggested she doesn’t actually know what struggling is. The Hunger Games star has spoken out about the unfairness that presides over the movie industry when it comes to the difference in actor and actress’ wages.

Chris was interviewed for a New Yorker profile on Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones when he made the remarks.

“Black women have the hardest gig in show business," he sighed. “You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she's a woman – if she was black, she'd really have something to complain about."

Jennifer and her American Hustle co-star Amy Adams were famously paid less than their male colleagues Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale for the movie, a fact that was made public when the Sony emails were hacked in 2014.

The 25-year-old has also recently spoken about her comments, telling Britain’s Grazia magazine: “I’m aware that movie stars earn too much money in relation to the rest of the world. But it's the principle that is important.

“I can't stand a lack of fairness. This has nothing to do with ingratitude - I love my job and I know how lucky I am to be able to live off my art.”

Back on the subject of Leslie, who can soon be seen in the new Ghostbusters movie alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig in 2016, Chris recalled how he championed the funny woman before she eventually landed a role on Saturday Night Live.

“I mentioned her to several managers and agents over the years,” he said. “Everybody passed. Lorne (Michaels, SNL creator and producer) because he's the best at what he does, is the one who saw it. I don't think he'd hired a cast member her age in a long time.”

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