Jennifer Lawrence Complains About $25 Million ‘Don’t Look Up’ Payday Because Leonardo DiCaprio Made More

Source: Don't Look Up (2021), Netflix

Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence has returned from her brief absence from public life in order to complain about the Hollywood “wage gap”, blaming it for the fact that she got paid $5 Million dollars less than co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for Netflix’s Don’t Look Up.

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

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Lawrence has been quiet in the last couple of years, with her most recent film credit being the Adam McKay written and directed 2021 Netflix film and her most notable role before that being her final appearance as Mystique in 2019’s Dark Phoenix.

Source: Dark Phoenix (2019), 20th Century Fox

Don’t Look Up was a supposed climate change satire which saw McKay use the concept of a people ignoring an impending asteroid collision as a metaphor for people in real life who ignore the concept of man-made climate change.

The film, better described as a lecture about climate change which concludes that audiences are morons for not doing enough to stop it, included an ensemble cast that included Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep.

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

During a recent sit down with Vogue Magazine, Lawrence took exception to the fact she only earned $25 Million for the Netflix film compared to DiCaprio’s $30 Million, even implying that her genitalia was the reason she was paid less.

“It doesn’t matter how much I do. I’m still not going to get paid as much as that guy, because of my vagina?” said Lawrence.

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

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This isn’t the first time Lawrence has brought up her Don’t Look Up paycheck.

Back in December, she talked to Vanity Fair about the fact that DiCaprio was paid more than her – however, her tone at the time was far more understanding of the situation than it is now.

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

Beginning with a discussion of the fact that her name appeared before DiCaprio’s in the film’s opening credits, Lawrence explained to the magazine, “I was number one on the call sheet. Am I ok with being number one on the call sheet? Yeah. And I thought the credits should reflect that.”

“Leo was very gracious about it,” she continued. “I think we had something called a Laverne & Shirley, which is this billing they invented where it’s an equal billing.”

DON’T LOOK UP (L to R). Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky and Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy. Cr. Niko Tavernise / Netflix © 2021

Interestingly, despite her recent complaints of gender inequality and her admission that DiCaprio was more than amicable to her aforementioned wish for top billing, Lawrence revealed at the time, “But I guess maybe somewhere down the line, I kicked the stone further, like, ‘What if it wasn’t equal?’”

However, confronted with the fact that DiCaprio made more than her, Lawrence actually admitted, “Look, Leo brings in more box office than I do,” before adding that she was “extremely fortunate and happy with my deal.”

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

Clearly, that was a lie.

However, what’s not a lie is the fact that, returning to her recent Vogue interview, Lawrence admitted to letting her anger towards these perceived instances of gender inequality ruin a number of her personal relationships.

Declaring that she could no longer remain friends with people who aren’t on the progressive side of the aisle, Lawrence proceeded to direct her disappointment towards Roe v. Wade being overturned at her Republican voting family members – including her father – who live back in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

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“I just worked so hard in the last five years to forgive my dad and my family and try to understand: It’s different,” she recalled of her anger towards her family’s conservative politics, noting that she regularly discussed the topic in therapy. “The information they are getting is different. Their life is different.”

She then declared, “I’ve tried to get over it and I really can’t. I can’t. I’m sorry I’m just unleashing, but I can’t f–k with people who aren’t political anymore.”

Donald Trump's 2016 victory speech

Source: Donald Trump Victory Speech, ABC News, YouTube

“You live in the United States of America,” the actress said. “You have to be political. It’s too dire. Politics are killing people.”

Turning to the specific topic of her and her family’s differing opinions on Roe v. Wade, Lawrence added, “I don’t want to disparage my family, but I know that a lot of people are in a similar position with their families.”

“How could you raise a daughter from birth and believe that she doesn’t deserve equality?” she asked. “How?”

Source: Don’t Look Up (2021), Netflix

This isn’t the first time that J Law has complained about not getting paid as much as her co-stars.

In 2013, the actress took issue with the fact that she only received 7% of the profits to American Hustle compared to the 9% taken home by her male co-stars, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner.

Source: American Hustle (2013), Sony Pictures

Lawrence is next set to star in the upcoming Apple+ film Causeway, where she will portray a US soldier who struggles to adjust to life back home after suffering a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan.

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