Solidarity vs. the force

Gary Oldman has dropped out of the next Star Wars movie.

Oldman’s spokesman explains, “Gary was excited and looking forward to working on the film. The snag is that the movie is being made without members of the Screen Actor’s Guild.”It means Gary would have been working illegally overseas. Out of respect and solidarity with the other members, he could not and would not consider violating the rules of his union.”

I imagine this will only get covered a show business and sci-fi fandom news, but it deserves broader coverage. It’s not often that we get a nice story about a high profile person taking a stand on union solidarity. This would have been a very profitable job for Oldman and he’s rich enough that he could have ignored the union. Instead, he chose his union over the money. For that, he deserves our applause.

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