Monday, July 22, 2024

The Empire Strikes Back: Disney Says Scarlett Johansson Got $20 Mil and Has a “Disregard” for the Effects of COVID (?)


The Mothership is angry.

Disney didn’t like Scarlett Johansson suing then. That’s a big no no. The Empire Struck Back with a vengeance.

Their official statement:

“There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”

Wow. She’s also known to eat children, make fun of cancer patients, and spit into her guests’ food at dinner parties.

So Disney is not taking this well. It may give others ideas. And it’s not a good look for the family film company to be sued by a pregnant mother.

We are in uncharted waters here.

As far as Scarlett getting $20 million, if this goes to trial — which I doubt– we’ll find out a lot about that. Did she get it upfront?  Is it an advance? Is she paid as much as Robert Downey, Jr? Or Tom Holland? Let’s see if this gets that far.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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