It’s an easy win for actors, writers, and directors to talk the talk of equality in the industry. But only so many actually walk the walk. Paul Feig is one of the few. And now he’s making sure there’s gender equality in his films with an equity clause.
Paul Feig continues to act as a much-needed champion for women in film. The “Ghostbusters” director and co-writer said that he would add an equity clause to his future film contracts that would require gender-balanced casting for minor roles.
He told The Associated Press, “I think we need to set these things in stone so it forces everybody to think that way.”
Feig has made a career of female-centered movies in the last few years with films like Bridesmaids, Spy, and the upcoming Ghostbusters: Mean Ladygirlwomen Destroy Male Childhoods. He’s addressed this somehow-even-in-2016-revolutionary-in-comedy role in the past saying:
My goal is to keep breaking the door open wider so Hollywood doesn’t say, ‘No, you can’t star a woman in this.’ It’s not about whether or not it’s a women’s comedy or a men’s comedy…it’s just a comedy. I want the audience to go, ‘They’re funny, and I don’t care if they’re a man or a women, I’m going to go see [the film].’ Then we would have truly achieved something.
Now if we could also make that racially balanced—for minor AND major roles, across all careers and success levels—we’d really get somewhere.