Sam Asghari thinks that in light of the recent SAG-AFTRA strike, he and Leonardo DiCaprio are on an equal footing when it comes to unemployment.
On a picket line on Thursday, a paparazzo asked the 29-year-old aspiring actor to address reports that he is “jobless.”
“That’s the point of this strike. I have the same amount of jobs as Leonardo DiCaprio does,”
Asghari replied, referencing the fact that the current Hollywood actor strike has left all actors without work.
“I hope everything gets resolved very fast so that we can all go back to doing what we love doing the most, which is making art and inspiring people.”
Referring to the writers’ strike that is concurrent with the SAG-AFTRA demonstrations, he continued,
“Writers are the heart and soul of every project we do, so SAG strong.”
Asghari’s final acting role prior to the strike was in the comedy film “Grand Death Lotto,” which is currently in post-production and was directed by Paul Feig.
DiCaprio, for his part, has four acting jobs and eight producing projects that are pending, according to his IMDB.
SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents more than 160,000 movie and television stars, went on strike for the first time in 43 years in July after failing to reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the industry group that represents more than 350 major studios and streaming giants.
Fran Drescher, SAG-AFTRA President stated at the time,
“The gravity of this move is not lost on me. It’s a very serious thing that impacts thousands if not millions of people all across this country and around the world.”
The 65-year-old “Nanny” alum concluded,
“We demand respect … because you cannot exist without us.”
As the SAG-AFTRA strikes continue, more actors and production crews join in with the most recent strike coming from the Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul Cast outside the Sony Pictures Studio.